According to Tom Krasovic, Mike Cameron has been designated as a Class B free agent. Elias has yet to make public the rankings for free agents so the best bet is that there was some leak of the information. I wouldn't be totally sure that this was correct but it seems likely and with the new system, the Braves would not lose any picks by signing Cameron. However, with this suspension, I still doubt the Braves will sign him.Update:
- Mike Cameron, a Georgia native who lives in the Atlanta area, has been suspended 25 games for testing positive for banned stimulants. Speculation that the Braves might be targeting the former Padres center fielder has been popping up over the last couple months, with many baseball writers believing he would play for the Braves at a hometown discount. Besides the fact that he was pretty miserable offensively this past season (.241/.328/.431 with 160 strikeouts) and that he would cost the Braves a first-round draft pick next year, this severely cuts down the likelihood of Cameron in a Braves uniform next year and the amount of money that he could get on the open market. I still think all signs are pointing to Brent Lillibridge if they are satisfied with his defense this winter and during spring training.
- Curt Schilling wrote in his blog that the Braves are one of the twelve teams he would consider pitching for next season besides the Red Sox. I think that this is much like Torii Hunter's comment that he would like to play in Atlanta. That is all well and good, but the Braves more than likely won't be able to afford either of them. Schilling only pitched about 150 innings this year with Boston but with a 3.87 ERA and over a 4:1 K/BB ratio, the minimum most people expect him to get is about $13 million for one year.