BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Mike Cameron to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday, less than a week after cutting the three-time Gold Glove winner.

The Red Sox sent the 38-year-old Cameron and cash to the Marlins for a player to be named or cash.

Cameron hit just .149 with three home runs and nine RBI in 33 games for Boston this season.

The Red Sox designated him for assignment last Thursday.

Cameron is a career .249 hitter with 272 homers and 296 stolen bases, and a three-time Gold Glove winner in 16 major-league seasons.

Jack McKeon of the Marlins managed Cameron when both were with Cincinnati in 1999.


“Jack knows him well from his days in Cincinnati and loved him – a high-character guy and a great teammate,” said the Marlins’ president of baseball operations, Larry Beinfest. “We’ve been poking around and wanted to add a veteran presence here to help with some of our younger guys.”

Cameron has about $3.5 million left on a two-year, $15.5 million contract he signed as a free agent before last season. The Marlins will be his eighth team. He may join them as early as today.


KEVIN YOUKILIS was held out of the Red Sox lineup Tuesday night with a bruised back muscle after being hit by a pitch Monday from Brandon Morrow of Toronto.

Youkilis has been contending with a variety of ailments, and left Monday’s game after being drilled high on his back. Youkilis, a third baseman, is expected to be back in the lineup tonight.

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona said “he’s a little stiff” and the team doctors feel it’s best to give him a day off.


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