Sourcing a major league executive, the newspapers reported that the Yankees initiated discussions with the Mets during the Subway Series, when Bernie Williams struggled defensively in the first two games.
Cameron – who missed the first month of the season after wrist surgery and is hitting .298 with six home runs and 16 RBI entering Wednesday's play – would solve those woes, providing the Yankees with a two-time Gold Glove center fielder to push Williams to the designated hitter role.
A positive clubhouse presence, Cameron would also give the Yankees with a strong personality to fill the room, and has said that visiting Yankee Stadium was one of his personal highlights when he was playing for the Seattle Mariners, calling it the "Mecca."
Sheffield, 36, would slot into right field and give the Mets a legitimate right fielder, just months after the club pushed Cameron to the corner to accommodate centerfielder Carlos Beltran.
The 17-year veteran is hitting .300 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI, and is due $13 million this season and next. Cameron, by comparison, is due $6 million for the next two years and holds a $7 million option for 2007.
The inclusion of Cairo in the rumored trade is incidental, although Cairo has said on numerous occasions he enjoyed his time with the Yankees last season and would have liked to return.
Whether the Mets can actually sign off on a trade that appears strongly beneficial for the Yankees is another story. The two teams agreed to a swap of relievers with bad contracts over the winter, dealing Mike Stanton and Felix Heredia, but those players were not everyday, starring performers.
The newspaper reported that the Yankees also have interest in trading for outfielder Mark Kotsay of the Oakland A's.