They did just that, envisioning Cameron as the Mets' new right fielder, but now it is believed that Cameron would rather play center field elsewhere than playing a corner position for the Mets.
Interestingly, Cameron's fate may ride upon the A's efforts to deal outfielder Eric Byrnes, who is eligible for salary arbitration.
The A's have reportedly offered Byrnes to the Diamondbacks for pitcher Jose Valverde, although the Mets may also have interest in the 28-year-old outfielder.
Byrnes hit .283 with 20 home runs, 73 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 143 games for Oakland last year.
The Mets have also shown interest in Oakland reliever Chad Bradford, who could very well become part of a potential Cameron package. Cameron entertained signing with Oakland after the 2003 season before taking a lesser dollar figure to sign with New York.