The Daily News has the Yankees trading Melky Cabrera to Milwaukee for Mike Cameron:
The Yankees have found their center fielder for 2009, as they are set to send Melky Cabrera to Milwaukee for veteran outfielder Mike Cameron on Thursday, according to two major league sources . . . Many believed Cabrera would be the center fielder of the future entering the 2008 campaign, but a disappointing season, in which he hit .249 with eight homeruns and 37 RBIs in 129 games, led many to believe he was destined for a future as a utility outfielder. Yankees blue-chip prospect Austin Jackson is not expected to be ready for big league action until at least 2010, making Cameron the ideal one-year stopgap in center field.
Cameron, a former Met, hit .243 with 25 HRs and 70 RBIs in 120 games last season. He will earn $10 million in 2009.
If those are all of the players involved, it’s a pretty good deal for the Yankees. Maybe he’ll prove us wrong, but Melky doesn’t look like anyone’s solution in centerfield, let alone New York’s. At the same time, Milwaukee could stand to get out of paying a 36 year-old $10MM. And hey, maybe Melky will take to the NL better.
I’ll leave the hardcore analysis of this deal to others, but for now I’ll offer a cosmic observation: it doesn’t seem all that long ago that Mike Cameron was traded for a guy who, at the time anyway, was considered one of the best baseball players in baseball history. Now he’s worth Melky Cabrera, and I don’t think that the guy who was once one of the best baseball players in baseball history could say the same thing. Time marches on.