Cameron finalizes $7 million contract with Milwaukee Brewers

Mike Cameron and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $7 million, one-year contract.

The 35-year-old outfielder passed a physical, which sealed the deal.

Cameron is a three-time Gold Glove winner. He hit .242 with 21 home runs and 78 RBIs last season for the San Diego Padres. He was suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive a second time for a banned stimulant.

Milwaukee has had a void in the outfield since longtime Brewer Geoff Jenkins left for the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition, Kevin Mench became a free agent when Milwaukee failed to offer him a 2008 contract.

When Cameron returns from his suspension, the Brewers could move center fielder Bill Hall to third base and shift Ryan Braun to left field.

Cameron gets a $1.25 million signing bonus and $5 million next season. Milwaukee has a $10 million option for 2009, with a $750,000 buyout.

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