Memo to Doug Melvin: Trade Cameron for Melky Cabrera, even up, if you can.
I freely admit that Cameron is a better outfielder today. But Cameron is nearing Social Security, and is only under contract for one more season...whereas Cabrera only turns 25 next season and--with only three MLB seasons accrued--would be under the Brewers' control for the next three seasons.
Yes, Cabrera only hit .249/.301/.341/.641 last year; but hit righties to the tune of .265...and .288 as a lead off hitter last year, while his .986 fielding percentage is tolerable.
If Cashman wants to throw in Kei Igawa...take it. Yes, Igawa is not worth $4 million...but still a gamble worth pursuing.
Worried about Igawa's contract and want to get an offset? Then throw in Bill Hall and his $6.8 million due in '09 and $8.4 million in '10. I know, I know...that leaves only one third baseman with experience--Mike Lamb--a lefty. Guess what? The Yankees have an extra third baseman--Cody Ransom--wasting away on their 40-man...Ransom is a righty that hit .302 in limited action last year.
There...trade solved: Mike Cameron and Bill Hall for Melky Cabrera, Kei Igawa, and Cody Ransom.