The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with free-agent center fielder Mike Cameron, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The Nationals have been looking for a player to serve as their starting centerfielder for the 2012 season as the club waits for top prospect Bryce Harper to reach the major leagues. Cameron, 38, is a former All-Star and three-time Gold Glove award winner and could potentially win the starting position for the club.
In 2011, Cameron hit .203/.285/.359 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 78 games between the Boston Red Sox and the Florida Marlins. Despite his struggles at the plate, Cameron posted a 1.8 UZR in the outfield. Over the course of his 17-year-career, Cameron has posted a 5.2 UZR/150.
It is believed that the Nationals are looking for a centerfielder with above-average range to make up for left-fielder Mike Morse’s poor mobility. In his youth, Cameron was considered to be one of the best defensive centerfielders in the game.