Cabrera on Mets' radar, Matsui trade?

<b>ANAHEIM –</b> The Mets continue to flirt with one of Omar Minaya's favorite players, infielder Orlando Cabrera, mulling a move that would send Kaz Matsui to the Seattle Mariners.

Sources told late Saturday night that Cabrera, a 30-year-old veteran who helped the Boston Red Sox to a World Championship this season, continues to pop up on the Mets' radar.

Minaya is a huge supporter of Cabrera from when the two were with the Montreal Expos, and it is believed that he would love nothing more than to install Cabrera as his everyday second baseman next year.

That fascination could pave the way for the Mets to deal Matsui, who hit .272 with seven home runs and 44 RBI in his first season in the United States. It was the defensive side of the field where Matsui had his greatest struggles, committing a Major League-leading 24 errors (all but one at shortstop).

Matsui definitely had a no-trade clause through the first year of his three-year deal with the Mets, a source told, but it may have evaporated for the 2005 season. Even if it still exists, Matsui might accept a trade to the Mariners, where he could be a teammate of countryman Ichiro Suzuki.

The Red Sox also have shown interest in trading for Matsui, Newsday and the Newark Star-Ledger reported Sunday. However, Boston has been rumored to be nearing a deal with free agent shortstop Edgar Renteria.

Mets News
  • The Westchester (N.Y.) Journal-News reports that Mets manager Willie Randolph and GM Omar Minaya sat down Saturday night with Richie Sexson and his agent, Casey Close.

    While the Mets have already made a three-year offer to another power-hitting first baseman, Carlos Delgado, Close told the newspaper that the Mets also spoke with him about another client, lefthander Eric Milton.

  • The New York Post reports the Mets have interest in signing Craig Counsell as a backup infielder. Meanwhile, other sources told that the Mets are interested in Barry Larkin.

  • is reporting that the Mets have interest in Nick Johnson, who is being shopped by the Washington Nationals.

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