Wednesday December 01, 2010 | 06:17 AM

Outfielder Mike Cameron is a great guy, a wonderful presence in the clubhouse. When he spent a few days in Portland on a rehab assignment, he was a class act and helped other players with his time and money (not to mention a walk-off home run).

But the Red Sox should never have signed him.

This looks like an obvious case of hindsight since Cameron was injured most of last year (batting .259 in 48 games).

But in his three previous seasons, Cameron batted .242, .243, and .250.

But Boston still gave Cameron gave a two-year contract for $15.5-million (think about that when you realize that Boston let Victor Martinez go when Detroit offered a total of $8-million more).

Cameron will turn 38 in January. What will his role be in 2011? Assistant general manager Ben Cherington told the MLB radio network (and reported by the Boston Globe) that Jacoby Ellsbury will be Boston's center fielder next season.

Speaking of next season, spring training is only 2 1/2 months away. The first workout will be Feb. 15. The first full workout is Feb. 19.


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