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“We will look for outside help the way we did right before the break,” Minaya said. “It may be small guys. A lot of times, it’s going to be guys that might not be doing good with other clubs. But we’re going to have to do it to find a way.”
Jack Curry, “For the Mets, Two Votes of Confidence”
The good news, at least for Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel, is that Jeff Wilpon, the teamâ€™s chief operating officer, had told them over the last few weeks that their jobs were safe this season. As the injury-ravaged Mets began free-falling, Wilpon reached out to both men to assure them that they would not be sacrificed.
Mets Manager Jerry Manuel says first baseman Daniel Murphy can be a little too aggressive in the field. As a result, Murphy has been prone to mistakes as he adjusts to playing first. On Monday, that aggressiveness resulted in an error for Murphy, but it also resulted in a potential game-saving play in the eighth inning to help secure a 6-2 victory against the Washington Nationals.
While the Amazin’s were jumping on a rookie starter making his big-league debut, Hernandez was doing what he seems to do best — beat Washington — in a 6-2 win at Nationals Park.
Bart Hubbuch, “Thigh Tear KO’s Nieve Six Weeks”
The Mets’ disabled list is back to nine players after starter Fernando Nieve was sidelined for at least six weeks yesterday by what the team says is a torn muscle in his right thigh.
Bob Raissman, “Analyzing Jerry Manuel’s tactics is funny business”
Seriously, though, the reality is that Manuel will be the front man, the organization’s mouthpiece, for what appears to be two months of misery. Unlike GM Omar Minaya, Manuel can’t hide under a desk. He is out there. What Manuel says, how he says it and how it gets interpreted will affect his job security.
William C. Rhoden, “Hot Seat Cools, but Problems Stay the Same”
But Minaya has to find a way to rediscover the hunger that put him on the map in the first place, and instill that fire in his team. That hunger defined him as a baseball man. Remember, as baseballâ€™s first Hispanic general manager in 2002, Minaya inherited mission impossible: the greatly disadvantaged Montreal Expos, a team being run on a virtual shoestring by Major League Baseball.
Still, sources have indicated to the Daily News that Wilpon’s view of Minaya clearly has shifted. A source recently told The News that Minaya’s three-year extension, which runs through 2012 and is believed to be annually worth $1.1 million, would not be an impediment to jettisoning the GM after the season.
The Mets are unlikely to trade for Julio Lugo because they’d be on the hook for roughly $13.5 million in salary, but a source in regular contact with Red Sox management reiterated Sunday that he fully expects Omar Minaya will sign the infielder when he becomes a free agent, which may take a week.
Richard Sandomir, “National TV Is No Place to Watch the Mets Suffer”
But national TV is the wrong place for the 44-48 Mets, as will probably be proved when Fox carries their games against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 29 and the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 12. ESPN is locked into a Sept. 13 Metsâ€™ date in Philadelphia, creating a deadly Saturday-Sunday package of unamazinâ€™ baseball to set your snooze button to.
Mark Selig, “Mets Playing Waiting Game with Sheffield”
Manager Jerry Manuel had been hopeful that Sheffield, who has been out of the lineup since leaving Friday’s game with right hamstring cramps, could be back in the Mets’ starting lineup as early as Tuesday, against the Nationals.
Mark Selig, “Minaya Discusses his Status, Trade Stance”
Minaya did say this when asked whether the Mets were going to be buyers or sellers: “Are we buyers? We’re going to continue to talk to different clubs,” he said. “If we have the opportunity to improve the club, does that make us buyers? Yes. We’re going to continue to talk to clubs.”
Joel Sherman, “Omar: Jerry and I Told We’re Safe”
“[Wilpon] wanted to let us know that those things being written, don’t worry about that,” Minaya said from his suite at Nationals Park in Washington, where he watched the Mets beat the Nationals, 6-2.