Mets Ink Cameron To 3-Year Deal

The New York Mets and free agent centerfielder Mike Cameron have come to an agreement on a deal worth $19.5 million for three years, with a club option for a fourth season that could raise the total value to $26 million.

Cameron, 30, captured his second Gold Glove in November and hit .253 with 18 homers, 31 doubles, 76 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 2003. A main concern is that he is tremendously strikeout prone, going down on strikes a total of 468 times over the past three seasons.

He got several calls from various members of the Mets, trying to persuade him into coming to Shea Stadium.

"Some Mets players were very involved in the process," said Cameron's agent, Mike Nicotera to the Associated Press.

The Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres were also interested with offers on the table that were believed to be for four years.

The outfielder will take a physical within the next few days.

"His defense is the thing that really stands out, one of the main reasons that he's a good fit here," Duquette said to the Associated Press on Friday night when he admitted the team had interest in him.

You can e-mail baseball analyst Christopher Guy at CGGuy86@Yahoo.com


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