Unfortunately Mike Cameron knows San Diego well. In August, he had that horrifying crash in the outfield with Carlos Beltran. Yesterday, Cameron was traded to the Padres for Xavier Nady, a right-fielder and first baseman. Assuming both players pass their physical, the Mets stand to save $5 million next year, something that already has local baseball writers speaking about Manny Ramirez.
The trade would end a brief stint with the Mets for Cameron, who joined the Mets in 2004 with much hope. The Gold Glove center fielder solidified the Mets defense, at least on paper, but he struggled at times in Flushing. Before the 2005 season, the Mets signed Beltran, which caused Cameron to move to right field, where he played most of the season before the season-ending collision. At various points throughout the season, Cameron expressed his interest to return to center field and with this trade, he will get his wish.