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Padres, Cameron end contract talks

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:05 am
by wrveres
Ken Rosenthal wrote:Negotiations between the Padres and center fielder Mike Cameron broke off Friday, virtually ensuring that Cameron will become a free agent at the end of the season, has learned.

The two sides, unable to reach agreement on a three-year contract extension, will not resume talks before the end of the season, according to Cameron's agent, Mike Nicotera.

"There wasn't any acrimony," Nicotera told "I will certainly discuss the prospects of Mike being back with them, but in a free-agent context, which makes it far less likely that he would be back than if we were talking to them alone.

"Both parties thought the last deal we had on the table was very reasonable within the context of his value and the market. We agreed to disagree. He'll be a free agent at the end of the year."

"We've had a hard time finding a common ground," Padres GM Kevin Towers said. "It's in the best interests of both sides to wait until the end of the season, so that it isn't a distraction. We certainly realize that the closer he gets to free agency, it becomes that much more difficult. We like the player. We'd like to have him. But we didn't want to keep dragging this thing on until the end of the season."

Cameron, who lives outside of Atlanta, could be a viable option for the Braves if they lose Andruw Jones as a free agent. Two other prominent center fielders - Torii Hunter and Ichiro Suzuki - also are expected to hit the open market.

this is significant. :-o

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:37 am
by Amazinz
Atlanta is my guess.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:57 am
by TN_Titans_05
Amazinz wrote:Atlanta is my guess.

I have heard the Atlanta talk as well. I am not very happy about it either. Cameron is the poor mans Andruw.....he has never hit over 30 HR's in a season and has only had 100 RBI's once in his career. We ar not going to be able to afford what Druw will be asking but I hope Cameron is not going to be his replacement. :,-(

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:59 am
by Yoda
Towers is doing the right thing here. With Andruw Jones and Hunter also available this winter, why overpay Cameron who is arguably the worst of the three? I hope the Pads get either Andruw or Hunter personally.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:06 pm
by wrveres
San Diego is not getting Jones. Jacque maybe. Not Andruw.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:07 pm
by joemorgan
Big news because this is blockbuster!

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:24 pm
by Another Blown Save
Hopefully this will help Cameron start swinging the bat :-o