The Padres have hired former Mets general manager Omar Minaya, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweets. CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler reports Minaya will serve under general manager Josh Byrnes in a position similar to the one Byrnes held last year, scouting Major League teams for the Padres, while also looking at the team's minor league system and scouting players for the amateur draft. According to the Associated Press, his official title will be a vice president of the team.
Minaya was fired by the Mets after the 2010. He served as the Mets GM from 2005 to 2010 and was the GM of the Expos before going to New York.
It's an odd bit of timing for the Padres, as former closer Heath Bell has left the team to sign with the Marlins, while the man responsible for sending him to San Diego is headed there. In 2006, Minaya traded Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins, in a move that worked out much better for the Padres.
Minaya interviewed for the Angels' GM job this year.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.