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St. Louis Cardinals Rumors Of Desperation: Mike Cameron Could Be The Next Randy Winn

The St. Louis Cardinals are making full and uncreative use of the 15-day disabled list, and they're locked in a dogfight in the NL Central, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that the MLB rumor mill types are going to find themselves duty-bound to connect them with every last player who becomes available. Exhibit Eh: Mike Cameron, who was released by the Boston Red Sox at the end of June and is now bandied about as an addition to the team's outfield depth—which, without Allen Craig or Lance Berkman, is admittedly just Jon Jay and a bunch of Skip Schumaker bobblehead dolls. 

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Cameron, 38, has had an incredibly valuable, underrated career since emerging as a starting center fielder, combining solid secondary batting skills with a glove so brilliant he's continued to play center at an above-average level even now. And Cardinals fans, having seen Jim Edmonds return from the dead to rake for both the Cubs and Brewers, are more than willing to give an aging center fielder a chance every so often. 

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But with Albert Pujols on an apparently accelerated schedule in 2011 and Jon Jay soaking up as many at-bats as he's allowed, the Cardinals don't seem like the place for Cameron, even as a rental. (On the other hand, if the Red Sox released their other struggling outfielder, J.D. Drew, I'd find it difficult to resist...) 

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