Cameron's options may expand

Trades involving other center fielders could expand the market for center fielder Mike Cameron, who is waiting to hear whether the Padres get outfielder Kosuke Fukodome

The Reds may emerge as a candidate for Cameron. They are shopping center fielder Josh Hamilton, and if they move him and go after Cameron, Reds manager Dusty Baker would be a selling point. When Baker interviewed with the Padres last offseason, Cameron strongly endorsed Baker and said he very much would want to play for Baker.

Cameron's agent said Friday night that a new club had emerged yesterday as a potential suitor.

Cameron has spent most of his career playing his home games in a pitchers park. An exception came in 1999, when he played for the Reds in Cinergy Field. Cameron said it was an extremely enjoyable season, in large part because he enjoyed teammates such as Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey Jr., and Greg Vaughn. The current Reds ballpark is more hitter friendly than Cinergy, which was also a good hitters park.

The Reds are desperate for pitching. One way to bolster a pitching staff is to improve the defense.