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The Epstein On Mike Cameron: 'We've Been Scratching Our Heads'

Mike Cameron came to Boston as a competent outfielder who had promise as an excellent fourth outfielder. However, that promise faded in his first year and he continued to be unproductive in year two, forcing the Boston Red Sox to pull the plug on Cameron, releasing him on Thursday.

Cameron was batting .149 with three home runs and nine RBI in 33 games this season. Red Sox GM Theo Epstein admitted that he was confused by Cameron's sudden decline.

"We've been scratching our heads. I'll take the hit on this one," said Epstein regarding the acquisition of Cameron and subsequent lack of production from the 38-year-old. "We try to be disciplined with trying to look for players in their primes when we bring them in. Sometimes, you just can't do that. Mike was still a productive player when we got him, but -- this is all speculation -- maybe because of his advanced age, despite the great shape he keeps himself in, he had the significant internal injury, the double hernia, double groin surgery this winter, maybe just made the recovery that much more difficult at his age." (via WEEI)

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