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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