- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

BOSTON (AP) - 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 either a player to be named or cash.

Cameron hit just .149 with three home runs and nine RBIs 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. The Marlins‘ Jack McKeon 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,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said before their game in Miami against Philadelphia. “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. He is a .249 career hitter with 272 home runs, 950 RBIs and 296 stolen bases.

The Marlins will be his eighth team. He’ll be activated Wednesday.

To make room on the roster for Cameron, the Marlins optioned right-hander Jose Ceda to Triple-A New Orleans.

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