Thursday, December 11, 2008

Got Melk?

The on again, off again Mike Cameron for Melky Cabrera trade apears to be on again and may go down on Friday. I think this is a good trade for the Brewers. Mekly Cabrera is sort of the Yankees' Rickie Weeks - ton of potential but hasn't shown much yet. But he's only 24 years old. He would be the youngest starter on the Brewers. Three years from now, when Cabrera is hitting his prime, Cameron will be hitting the door.

BaseballReference lists the 10 most similar players to Cabrera through age 23:

  1. Curt Flood
  2. Bobby Tolan
  3. Jimmy Sebring
  4. Jose Cardenal
  5. Jose Guillen
  6. Paul Blair
  7. Sixto Lezcano
  8. Johnny Damon
  9. Harry Heilmann
  10. Cliff Heathcote
Nine of those ten (save Sebring) had far better careers than what Mike Cameron has got left.

Number seven conjures up images of Bob Betts announcing "Melk-y-y-y-y-y-y-y C-a-a-a-a-brera-a-a-a-a-a-a."

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