Cameron for Sheffield deal won't happen
New York Mets right fielder Mike Cameron follows through on his eighth inning solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris in the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Cardinals, Sunday, May 15, 2005, at

Posted Jun 30, 2005


Gary Sheffield basically said he'd become a new team's worst nightmare. Mike Cameron said he couldn't even think about playing for another club right now.

Either way, the published reports Wednesday alluding to preliminary discussions between the Mets and Yankees appear to be heading nowhere, with the talks being just that – talk.

Two New York area newspapers reported Wednesday that the Mets and Yankees had discussed a possible trade that would send Sheffield to the Mets in exchange for Cameron and infielder Miguel Cairo.

According to the reports, the deal that was brought up by the Yankees while Bernie Williams struggled in center field during the Subway Series last weekend.

"I guess it means someone likes me," Cameron told reporters at Shea Stadium. "It's too mind-boggling to try to figure out executive moves and still try to play a game."

While Cameron's name has been dangled as on-and-off trade bait this season (the Baltimore Orioles were long mentioned as a suitor, with Cameron eyed as a centerfielder), Sheffield made no bones about the fact that he wouldn't be traded willingly.

The 36-year-old Sheffield said earlier this season that one of his remaining career goals was to get a World Series ring with the Yankees, something that's difficult to do when you're wearing another club's uniform.

Sheffield told reporters that he wasn't interested in driving to any other stadium than the one in the Bronx, and launched a tirade in part to scare off potential suitors.

"I'd go play, but that doesn't mean I'll be happy playing," Sheffield told reporters in Baltimore, where the Yankees played the Orioles. "If I'm not happy, you don't want me on your team. It's that simple. I'll make that known to anybody.

"I made a lot of concessions to come here, and I'll make it very clear. If I have to go somewhere else, a lot of things are going to have to be changed or you're going to have an unhappy player. I'll ask for everything. Period."


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