Mets talk Cameron swap with A's, D-Backs
Mike Cameron With Mets 2004

Posted Jan 15, 2005

The Mets have discussed dealing Mike Cameron with two clubs so far - the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Oakland A's, both clubs in need of a top-flight centerfielder.

Cameron was reportedly irked this week when the Mets signed Carlos Beltran to a seven-year, $119 million contract, even though Cameron earlier told reporters that he would move to right field if the Mets were somehow able to sign Beltran.

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.

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