The Mets announced today that Omar Minaya is returning to the front office as a special assistant to the general manager.
The New York Mets, everybody, the New York Mets.
It was announced today that Omar Minaya would return to the front office. His new position is as a special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson with a special focus on scouting and player evaluation. Minaya, of course, was the Mets’ general manager for six seasons and it wasn’t exactly a rousing success. In the words of CBS Sports’ R.J. Anderson:
"Minaya served as New York’s GM from 2005-10, a stretch that saw the club make the postseason just once. Along the way, Minaya failed to make the most of a big payroll by authoring a number of questionable deals. (Though, in his defense, no one could have predicted Johan Santana and Jason Bay would have their careers derailed by injuries.) Minaya also oversaw various PR nightmares — including the bizarre exchange with Adam Rubin that resulted from Tony Bernazard’s dismissal."
Not great, Bob. To add insult to injury, reports about how Minaya’s second hire went down aren’t likely to make Mets’ fans feel better about the deal.
As Anderson points out though, Minaya is generally well thought of as a scout and the Mets could certainly use some help in identifying cheap young talent as they look to build towards a consistent World Series contender. The team made clear that Minaya is not in line to step back into the GM role in the future and his focus will be specifically on international scouting.
There is still no word yet on how Minaya feels about signing the withered husk of Adrian Gonzalez to be parked in the dugout and scare away crows and ravens between innings. Go Mets!