Report: Piazza Wants Out of New York

According to <i>New York Newsday</i> on Friday, Mets catcher Mike Piazza will approach the brass of the organization within the next few days and let them know he is open to a trade that will place him on an American League team.

Citing an unnamed source, the report states that the 35-year-old has been unhappy with the direction the Mets are currently moving in and is not to pleased with making the transition to first base.

Piazza, nor his agent, were not quoted in the article.

The best case for scenario, according the newspaper, is for Piazza to move to an AL team where could split time between catching and being the designated hitter. He will waive his no-trade clause if the right deal presented itself.

Piazza has told friends that he wouldn't mind heading to Camden Yards to play for the Orioles and Lee Mazzilli, the story said.

Acquired from the Florida Marlins in May of 1998, the catcher led the Mets to a NLCS appearance in 1999 and in 2000 reached the World Series.

After hitting .324 in 2000, Piazza has seen his production tail off consistently over the course of the last three seasons. He missed 68 games last year, sitting out close to three months with a severely strained groin muscle.

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