Cameron: Keep Me Here

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – If Mike Cameron has his way, he will be in right field for the Mets on Opening Day, not playing center field elsewhere. <P> On Tuesday, Cameron gave the organization his strongest show of support for his ongoing position change, instructing his agent to urge the Mets to drop any consideration they might have had for making a trade before Opening Day.

The agent, Mike Nicotera, disclosed the conversation to two New York newspapers for Wednesday's editions.

"I just want to get healthy, man," Cameron said Wednesday at Tradition Field. "I want an opportunity to help. There's far too many other things going on to even consider asking for something like [a trade]."

After the Mets signed Carlos Beltran in January, Cameron appeared to be hesitant to accept an earlier statement that he would move to right field as an accommodation.

However, Cameron is rapidly recovering from left wrist surgery in late December to repair ligaments, and could possibly be ready in time for New York's season opener on April 4 at Cincinnati. He took batting practice in the cages adjacent to the stadium on Tuesday and looked good, solidly ripping pitches to all fields.

The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics had been mentioned for weeks as potential trade partners for the Mets, with A's outfielder Eric Byrnes' name dangled in numerous media reports.

"I'm sure there'll still be speculation about trades, ideas everyone has," Cameron said. "… Let me be me. Everything else will fall into place. I'm not even concerned with that other stuff."

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