As they look to make room on the payroll for Carlos Delgado, the Mets are exploring a possible trade for the A’s Eric Byrnes. According to a source familiar with the Mets’ thinking, GM Omar Minaya would be willing give up “a lot” for the outfielder, who played all three positions last year, batting .283 with 20 home runs, 73 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
The A’s sent out a feeler regarding Byrnes several weeks ago, but the Mets’ sudden shift comes as they’re mulling deals for Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron. Oakland GM Billy Beane may be willing to take on Cameron, considering he tried to sign him as a free agent after the 2003 season.
Cameron chose the Mets, but could be re-thinking that decision. He recently told Minaya he’d be uncomfortable switching positions now that Carlos Beltran will be playing center. According to Cameron’s agent, Mike Nicotera, “Mike has some reservations about it,” although he stressed that no trade has been demanded.
The Mets aren’t acting under that assumption. A team official said, “It probably just hit home that he’s not going to be playing center anymore.” Still, the Mets appear to be open to moving Cameron as they pursue Byrnes.