Reports: Cameron Wants to Be Traded

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mike Cameron's stay as the Mets' rightfielder may be short lived, as reports indicate that Cameron has reneged on his willingness to switch to a corner outfield position.

Newsday and the New York Post reported Wednesday that Cameron has expressed reservations about the move to several Mets officials and would embrace a trade to a club where he could play centerfield, rather than man right field at Shea Stadium.

That clashes with Cameron's earlier assessment that he would move if, and only if, the Mets wound up signing Carlos Beltran. They did just that, introducing the 27-year-old to the New York press on Tuesday with a seven-year, $119 million pact in tow.

If the Mets aim to satisfy Cameron's request, they should have little problem finding interested suitors.

Cameron is still one of the premier centerfielders in the game - a disappointing and injury-marred 2004 notwithstanding - and he could be on track to return from his surgically repaired left wrist as early as Opening Day, with an April return considered likely.

The Houston Astros, who missed out on re-signing Beltran and have a huge centerfield area at Minute Maid Park, would be an ideal fit, although the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks are also in the market for a centerfielder.

Cameron will earn about $14 million through the 2006 season, a contract he signed before last year.

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