Padres sending Nady to Mets for CF Cameron

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Oct 14, 2005

The Padres ended their lengthy search for an elite center fielder today, acquiring two-time Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron from the New York Mets for reserve outfielder/first baseman Xavier Nady.

The trade is contingent on both players passing a physical exam. The Padres will require an eye exam for Cameron, who has not played since suffering two broken cheekbones, a broken right orbital socket and a broken nose in a collision with teammate Carlos Beltran at Petco Park on Aug. 11.

The clubs likely will wait to announce the trade so they have sufficient time for Cameron, 32, to be examined within 72 hours of reaching the agreement.

Padres General Manager Kevin Towers has pursued Cameron for more than two years, in part because of the player's exceptional range and strong throwing arm. Towers offered him about $20 million after the 2003 season, but Cameron chose to sign a three-year deal with the Mets.

Last season Cameron batted .273 with a .342 on-base percentage to go with 12 home runs and 39 RBI. He is guaranteed $6.5 million in 2006.

Nady, who turns 27 today, batted .261 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 326 at-bats in 2005. Towers publicly lobbied for Manager Bruce Bochy to give more time to Nady, but Nady spent most of September on Bochy's bench. The Padres paid Nady $1.138 million last season, including a $488,000 salary.

The Padres also are expected to re-sign utility man Geoff Blum, who played most of the 2005 season for them before going on to help the White Sox win the World Series.