Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/2/11

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Prior to the 2010 season, Theo Epstein made what became one of his more ill-fated decisions, electing to sign veteran outfielder Mike Cameron to a two-year, $15.5 million deal. The plan was to upgrade the outfield defense by shifting Jacoby Ellsbury from center to left and installing Cameron in center.

The plan never materialized. Ellsbury fractured his ribs in the first week of the season, Cameron passed a kidney stone, then sustained a sports hernia injury that required surgery. Last July, Cameron was traded to the Florida Marlins.

Then last winter, the Sox acquired a new left fielder in Carl Crawford, Ellsbury was restored to center field, and Tuesday night, the 28-year-old outfielder, who did not make an error in 2011, won his first American League Gold Glove for outstanding defense.

ESPNBoston | Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia claim Gold Gloves

Stat geeks will tell you that Gold Gloves are among the most poorly selected awards, but these three are all worthy winners. At least Pedroia beat Robinson Cano, who won last year despite being just terrible at defense.

Ellsbury must be particularly happy given the drama that Edes mentions in that piece. The concept that a 37-year old Mike Cameron would be a better center fielder than an in-his-prime Ellsbury is insane. Just Theo getting too cute. Hopefully Cherington will resist such nonsense.

Of course, it's not Ells' only offseason honor; he also received baseball's comeback player of the year award. A cynical person would say it's fitting that this Red Sox team would collect a bunch of individual awards despite failing as a team.

Back to the business of the day: The manager search continues. The Globe has a story on old friend Dale Sveum and his upcoming interview. I'm sure we'll see what the media thinks of him on Twitter later this afternoon when the Sox trot him out in front of reporters after his full-day interview. He wasn't popular as a third-base coach...but who is? I don't think I've ever heard someone give a third-base coach credit for anything. So let's keep an open mind about Dale as a potential manager.

ESPNBoston | Deadline passes, no word on Theo deal | Herald | No Theo Epstein deadline deal | 3 Red Sox, 3 Dodgers earn Gold Gloves | Globe | Sveum is on deck for interview today | Rangers got socked in Series | For Franconas, military family cause hits home | Cashman to target pitching | CSNNE | Three Sox win Gold Gloves | Lackey undergoes successful surgery 

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