Report: Mets pitching Floyd to Texas

The Mets' wild winter of trading still may have one spark left in it, as a report indicates the team is still attempting to deal Cliff Floyd.

The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that the Texas Rangers have had preliminary discussions regarding the 32-year-old outfielder, with a primary piece of any negotiations likely centering around how much of Floyd's salary the Mets would be willing to eat.

Floyd, who upset the Mets last season by stating that there was "no light at the end of the tunnel" during a disappointing campaign and said he'd retire as soon as his contract was up, is due $13.2 million over the next two years.

Though trading Floyd was a primary piece of GM Omar Minaya's offseason plans, the Mets found it difficult to find any takers.

Floyd has missed more than 100 games due to injury since signing with New York after the 2002 season, and was shopped to a number of teams with little interest across the board. He cracked 18 homers for the second straight year in 2004, but hasn't been able to surpass the 400 at-bat mark since 2001 with Florida.

Perhaps the most intriguing possibility for the Mets would have been sending Floyd to the Chicago Cubs for Sammy Sosa, a deal that was discussed internally in November and December but deemed too much of a risk by Minaya's support team.

The Mets also entertained the idea of dealing outfielder Mike Cameron this winter, reportedly to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland A's, but Minaya said earlier this month that he would be comfortable bringing both Floyd and Cameron to spring training.

"I think it is most likely that both those guys will be back with us [this] year," Minaya said. "Cameron gives us that defense in right field, and Floyd gives us a left-handed bat."

Kim on the radar: The Mets will be among the clubs interested in the spring performance of Boston Red Sox reliever Byung-Hyun Kim, according to a report in the Boston Herald.

Kim is looking to prove that he can rebound from a sore back that plagued him for much of last season and limited him to just seven appearances at the major league level. Originally penciled in as Boston's fifth starter, Kim wound up spending most of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

If he's unable to show adequate stuff, Boston would entertain dealing the 26-year-old righthander, with Oakland and the Los Angeles Dodgers also reported to be interested.

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