Saying the Mets could "ship me to Alaska" if they wanted to get rid of him, OF Bobby Bonilla reacted angrily yesterday to a report the team had put him and fellow OF Brian McRae on waivers.

"Do I want to stay here? Ask me if I care," Bonilla said.

"They can ship me to Alaska if they want. They can send me home tomorrow if they like," he said. "I'll watch the boys play from my house. I might even buy a season ticket."

The New York Times reported yesterday that both players had been placed on waivers by the Mets earlier this week. If any team claimed them, the Mets would have automatically lost them.

Mets GM Steve Phillips declined to say whether Bonilla and McRae had been put on waivers.

EXTRA BASES: Red Sox RHP Mark Portugal, who strongly considered retirement so he could spend more time with his three children, decided to remain with the team. . . . Padres relief P Randy Myers underwent surgery to repair a rotator cuff injury in his left shoulder. He may miss the remainder of the season, the team said.

O'S PICK ALL-MET: The Orioles selected All-Met RHP Nick Vitielliss of Thomas Stone High School on Thursday in the 42nd round of the first-year amateur draft. Vitielliss was 7-1 with a 1.01 ERA and a .456 batting average for the Waldorf school this spring. . . . The Royals drafted University of Virginia OF Julian Gonzalez in the 36th round.

SIGNED: The Devil Rays signed North Carolina high school OF Josh Hamilton, the top overall pick in the draft. He was given a $3.65 million signing bonus.