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Mets Hot Stove: Mike Cameron Traded

Mike SteffanosWednesday, November 16, 2005
By Mike Steffanos

I was out for a few hours today, and returned to find out that Omar has fired the first shot of the hot stove season for the Mets.

This story first appeared on MetsBlog this afternoon here and here, then confirmation at Newsday and then the Daily News.

I have to admit that I'm surprised by this. Nady isn't a total stiff, but you would have hoped for more in return for Cameron. Nady has some power, strikes out a lot and doesn't walk. To my mind, if questions about Cameron's health hurt his value it might have made more sense to hold onto him into spring training to prove to other teams that he is healthy. For all of that, I'm not going to kill Omar on this deal; it certainly wasn't a terrible trade. I'll give him some credit for being aggressive and reserve judgment until I see what else goes down.

There seems to be some discussion as to whether Omar picked up the 27 year old Nady to platoon at first with Mike Jacobs or to possibly include in another trade down the road. For those of you out there that hope to see Manny Ramirez on the Mets -- and you know I'm not with you on this -- I wouldn't read too much into the Mets not having Cameron to trade to the Sox. There was always some question that they wanted Cameron at all, anyway.

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