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John Delcos of The Journal News caught up with Bernie Williams last night at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, as New York baseball fans continue to await word on the centerfielder’s future. It’s become increasingly evident that the Yankees don’t have room on their major league roster for Williams unless another outfielder – such as Melky Cabrera – is moved.

Bernie as quoted on his future with the Yankees:

“Part of me says if they wanted me, they would have made an offer by now. When you play this game for a long time, you take things for granted and think it won’t end. But the harsh reality of it is, it will.”

On the prospect of playing elsewhere next season:

“The loyalty factor goes both ways. When a team that you’ve played for doesn’t want to offer a contract, it is making a business decision. So I have to make a business decision.”

On the idea of joining the crosstown rival Mets:

“I have a lot of friends over there.”

While the notion of Bernie Williams playing in Queens is an entertaining one, the Mets outfield scenario is not dissimilar from that of the Yankees. The everyday outfield is pretty much set with Carlos Beltran in centerfield and Moises Alou and Shawn Green in the corners. Endy Chavez will also return to his bench role as the 4th outfielder, and could even put pressure on Alou and Green should either struggle. The Mets also acquired outfielder Ben Johnson from the San Diego Padres in a minor trade in November. If the Mets did show an interest in Bernie, it would likely be in a leadership capacity similar to that of ageless-wonder Julio Franco, who at age 48 saw just 165 at-bats last season.

It’s worth noting however that the Mets corner outfielders are a far cry from the All-Stars patrolling left and right for the Yankees. Alou is 40-years-old and missed 64 games last season. Green is 34 and has seen his production decrease steadily since 2001 when he hit 49 homers and drove in 125 runs. Last season Green hit 15 home runs along with just 66 RBIs. By comparison, Williams hit 12 homers and drove in 61 while seeing 110 fewer at-bats. Should either Green or Alou struggle due to injury or age, the Mets’ situation in the outfield could change rapidly.

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