Tag:Omar Minaya
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 2:16 pm

Padres hire former Mets GM Omar Minaya

Omar MinayaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

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.

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 9:25 pm

Omar Minaya has interviewed for Angels' GM post

Omar MinayaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Wait, didn't the Angels just get of a general manager who loaded up the team with bad contracts and underachieving players? Maybe Arte Moreno has a type, because the Los Angeles Times reports former Mets general manager Omar Minaya has interviewed for the Angels' open general manager position.

The Angels' are apparently interviewing everyone short of me for the position, so this may end up being nothing more than a good laugh for Mets fans, but still it seems interesting.

The others who have reportedly interviewed or gotten an interview are White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, MLB senior vice president Kim Ng, Diamondbacks exec Jerry DiPoto and Yankees staffers Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer. Rays general manager Andrew Friedman has also been connected to the job.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:20 pm

And the Mets check in with firings

The Mets just released a statement saying general manager Omar Minaya has been "relieved of duties" and manager Jerry Manuel will not have his contract renewed.

Not exactly a surprise .

UPDATE: The Mets will have a 1:30 press conference. Also, Jon Heyman of SI.com tweets Minaya will stay with the team in a different capacity.

UPDATE: From the team's release, COO Jeff Wilpon had this to say:

"We are extremely disappointed in this year's results and the failures of the past four seasons. We need to hire a new general manager with a fresh perspective who will transform this club into a winner that we want and our fans deserve.

"We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the organization and thank them for their time and effort. Changes like these are never easy, especially when you are dealing with people you like and respect."

UPDATE: Assistant GM John Ricco will serve as the interim general manager.

UPDATE: Minaya says he won't stick around unless the new GM wants him to do so. David Lennon of Newsday tweets Minaya said he's no longer part of the organization.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:20 pm

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

Jerry Manuel Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel won't be returning to their respective roles with the Mets, SportsIllustrated.com's Jon Heyman confirms .

The fates of Minaya and Manuel (pictured) haven't been a secret, as its been assumed for quite a while now that the two would not return.

Manuel, the skipper, will have his 2011 option declined and will end his Mets tenure below .500. In roughly two and a half seasons, Manuel has a 202-212 record, with a current 77-82 mark that has the Mets in fourth place. While Manuel isn't a great manager, his struggles have been exacerbated by Minaya, who took over the Mets in 2005, by turning the team into an overpaid, aging and talentless squad kept afloat by the contributions of David Wright and Johan Santana.

The announcement, according to Heyman, will come prior to teams kicking off the postseason Wednesday. Since the Mets haven't contacted anyone about the GM opening, it will take a while to fill the position. The manager's gig will wait until after the general manager is found so the GM can have input on the hire.

Even though Minaya has a deal through 2012, the Mets are striking now because it's very clear Minaya did not and cannot do the job in New York. While he has an option to leave the organization, some feel he will remain and accept a reassigned role.

Names that could be the next GM of the Mets include White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and current MLB executive and former GM and president Sandy Alderson and Rangers GM Jon Daniels, who has an out clause in his deal. However, the Mets are reportedly concerned about ticket sales and may go after a higher-profile GM. Too bad they dragged their feet on Kevin Towers.

On the manager's front, Wally Backman and Bobby Valentine have been closely linked to the team. Valentine, of course, is a former Mets manager who returned from a successful stint in Japan and is now a television personality. Backman received the Diamondbacks' managerial job after the 2004 season but was fired days later when it was revealed he had significant legal and financial problems. A documentary, Playing for Peanuts , documented his return to managing in 2008 with the independent South Georgia Peanuts. Backman grabbed the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones gig for 2010 and won his division by 12 games.

As a popular ex-Met, Backman would go over with fans, as would Valentine.

UPDATE : Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets informed Minaya of his fate Friday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Report: Mets GM to be relieved of duty

Omar Minaya Omar Minaya will be relieved from his general manager duties as soon as the season ends, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports, citing sources.

Minaya is owed roughly $2.5 million for the next two years, so he could be reassigned in the organization rather than out-and-out fired.

Sherman also notes that COO Jeff Wilpon is searching for Minaya's replacement. Among the candidates mentioned are former Padres GM Kevin Towers, former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and Marlins assistant general manager Dan Jennings. Sherman says he's unsure whether A's general manager Billy Beane or former Rangers GM John Hart would be interested in working for Wilpon.

Sherman also lists his wish list all currently retired -- Sandy Alderson, Pat Gillick, Terry Ryan and Gerry Hunsicker. None of those four seem very realistic.

Internal candidates include assitant GM John Ricco (who isn't actually seen in this video -- but would be higher on the list if it really were Rizzo) and special assistant Wayne Krivsky, the former Reds GM who deserves a good bit of credit for Cincinnati's run to the NL Central crown. Although, it seems unlikely Wilpon would go with anyone so closely associated with the Minaya regime.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:28 pm

Mets' Perez plays, allows a HR

Oliver Perez Oliver Perez's 25-game streak of games without an appearance ended Monday in Atlanta.

It was the longest such streak in the majors this season, according to Elias Sports Bureau, and it didn't take two pitches to remind Jerry Manuel why he hasn't called on the lefty more often as Brian McCann put Perez's second pitch deep into the right field seats.

In fairness, it was the only hit he gave up (along with two walks) in his inning of work. Perez's ERA now stands at 6.75.

The Mets new general manager will have to decide what to do about Perez after the season. He's owed $12 million for next season and that's a lot of money just to eat on a single player, but a roster spot for someone you're not going to use could end up costing much more than $12 million.

Of course, whoever that new GM is (and there's nothing definitely about Minaya yet, but if the writing isn't not he wall, Fred Wilpon certainly has the cap of the pen off as he sits in his stall deciding what to write) may be handcuffed with some of the worst contracts in baseball. The team will owe Carlos Beltran $18.5 million next season, Francisco Rodriguez is owed $11.5 million (plus has an option for 2012) and Jason Bay is singed through 2013 for nearly $60 million. The team also has to decide on Jose Reyes' $11 million option, though it's unlikely they'd decline it.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Minaya on the hot seat?

Omar Minaya Omar Minaya may be out as the Mets' general manager if the team doesn't have a big finish, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports .

Heyman cites "people familiar with the situation" as saying only a good finish could save the jobs of Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel.

"I focus on doing my job today, and that's all I can control," Minaya told Heyman.

Owner Fred Wilpon had insinuated earlier this month that Minaya's job was safe.

The Mets entered Tuesday's game with Florida with a 62-62 record, better than last season's 70-92 mark, but hardly up to New York expectations.

Heyman lists Kevin Towers, John Ricco, Wayne Krivsky and Pat Gillick as potential replacements. Ricco and Krivsky are already with the Mets. He also lists Bob Melvin as the "leading candidate" to replace Manuel with Wally Backman as another possibility.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: August 7, 2010 1:37 am

Mets may be working a trade

The Mets may have a trade working, as prospects Ruben Tejada and Fernando Martinez were late scratches from Triple-A Buffalo's lineup on Friday.

When asked by Andy Martino of the New York Daily News about the scratches, Mets general manager Omar Minaya said, "I've got nothing to say about that. We'll see."

The team could be calling up the two, or they may have worked out a trade.

The Mets are 2-4 since last Saturday's trade deadline.

Tejada, a second baseman, is hitting .280/.329/.344 with a home run and 16 RBI. Martinez, an outfielder, is hitting .255/.321/.466 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI.

UPDATE: ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin quotes two sources as indicating the Mets have a trade in place with the Mariners. Rubin speculates Martinez could be going to Seattle, while Tejada could be a call-up if the team is able to move second baseman Luis Castillo.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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