Earlier today while I was surfing the net . I came across this nugget by Ian Begley of ESPN New York in which he reports that Omar Minaya – our former general manager told him that he plans to sit down with GM Sandy Alderson after the holidays to discuss a potential return to the Mets in a new role . Minaya goes on to say that he has offers on the table, one from Kevin Towers, the new General Manger the Diamondbacks.
Look I hold no ill will towards Omar. He did take this team from laughing-stock status in ’04 and had a team that should have in the least been in the World Series. But it were the moves that Omar made after that that led to his demise. Signing aging players to expensive long term contracts ( Luis Castillo, Moises Alou), and caving in to sign Oliver Perez to a three year thirty-six million dollar contract after the pitching market dropped out from under his feet ( remember Derek Lowe ?)
I think if Alderson were to hire Minaya it would be perceived by both the press as well as the fan base as a misstep. The Mets still owe Minaya roughly two million dollars on his contract, and I could see Fred and Jeff Wilpon wanting to keep Omar on to reward him for his loyalty to the organization. Omar’s strengths has always lied within the ranks of international scouting. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t think he could be a asset to the Mets in that capacity.
But with that said, I think that the wounds are still fresh between the fan base and Omar. I think it would be seen as a ” same old Mets ” type of move. So I say that the relationship should be severed. If Minaya has offers from other teams let him accept one.
The Mets are entering a brave new world in which smart choices will be the norm and knee jerk acquisitions will be a thing of the past ( hopefully). I just think we should look back with fondness of Omar’s first two years here with reverence and try to forget his last three years where he was reduced to a punchline.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are:
Spot starter/ middle reliever from the ’98 team, Willie Blair is 45 (1965) .
New York Mets signed free agent outfielder/first baseman, Joe Orsulak on December 18, 1992. Orsulak was one of the better players the Mets had from ’92-’95. He was a fan favorite.
New York Mets signed free agent spot starter/middle reliever, Brian Bohanon on December 18, 1996.
New York Mets traded minor league outfielder, Fletcher Bates and minor league pitcher Scott Comer to the Florida Marlins for middle reliever, Dennis Cook on December 18, 1997. Cook was a welcome addition to the Mets bullpen which at the time included Turk Wendell, John Franco and Armando Benitez.
Pittsburgh Pirates signed outfielder, Steve Bieser of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 18, 1997.
Colorado Rockies signed utility man, Jim Tatum of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 18, 1998.
New York Mets signed free agent center fielder, Mike Cameron of the Seattle Mariners on December 18, 2003. I was not a big fan of this signing. I had felt that the Mets decided to go with Cameron, a relatively inexpensive outfielder because they didn’t want to at the time break the 100 million dollar level when it came to payroll.
New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Matt Wise of the Milwaukee Brewers on December 18, 2007. Matt Wise was the precursor to Sean Green – a ineffective middle reliever who got injured early and was unceremoniously dumped when his contract expired.
And while you are watching college football and waiting for the Mets to acquire starting pitching, just remember – there are just 104 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 111 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughns favorite movie – Eating Raoul !!