It’s not a done deal yet, but the Yankees are close to obtaining Milwaukee CF Mike Cameron in exchange for Melky Cabrera.
The teams considered expanding the deal to include Bill Hall. But the Yankees would have wanted the Brewers to pick up some of Hall’s contract (two years and $15.7 million) or take a bad contract back (like Kei Igawa).
But as it stands now, it would be Cabrera for Cameron.
Cameron has $10 million left on his contract over one season, so he would not block the development of Austin Jackson or Brett Gardner. Cameron also has experience playing in New York, good power and is close friends with CC Sabathia.
Cameron was .243/.331/.447 with the Brewers last season with 25 homers and 70 RBI. He struck out a lot (142 times) but grounded into only four double plays and did steal 17 bases at the age of 35.
Those unrealistic fans who thought the Yankees would keep pending on Mark Teixeira or Manny Ramirez will complain. But this is the sort of move Brian Cashman intended to do all along.
UPDATE, 11:44 a.m. (or 8:44 a.m. here in Vegas, I’m just saying): Sweeny Murti of WFAN said that the teams have been working on this deal for a while now. Once the Brewers lost Sabathia, they went into money-saving mode, it seems.
UPDATE, 11:49 a.m.: Let me repeat that the deal is not done. The Yankees could be including a pitching prospect. Kudos to Mark Feinsand, who broke this story early this morning.