The day after the NY Post’s George King cited the Yankees’ interest in the Mets’ Mike Cameron, the Sporting News’ Ken Rosenthal claims the right fielder is going nowhere. Kind of like the Mets.

The Mets are reluctant to trade outfielder Mike Cameron, their most coveted trade chip, while they still are in contention. Cameron’s value to the team will increase once he recovers from a sore right quadriceps and moves into the leadoff spot. The Mets view his $6 million salary this season and $6 million salary next season as reasonable.

OK, I’m breathing a bit easier. If the Mets were truly looking to unload Cameron at this stage, not only would they be waving the white flag on 2005, but next year as well. Much as we’d rather see Robinson Cano at 2B than Kaz Matsui, Cano showed little power at Trenton or Columbus, struck out far more often than he walked (much as he has since being called up) and isn’t much of an upgrade on Miguel Cairo (who isn’t gonna be out of lineup forever).

This evening’s local where-are-they-now sighting : former Twins 2B Denny Hocking who had one single in four AB’s in Omaha’s 3-1 loss to Round Rock. P Taylor Bucholz, whom the Astros acquired in the Billy Wagner deal, allowed just 4 hits and one earned run in 6 innings of work, running his record to 6-0.