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The Mets hire Wayne Krivsky

Dec 1, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets have hired Wayne Krivsky to be a special assistant to Omar Minaya. Krivsky is a former Reds GM and is currently a special assistant to Orioles GM Andy MacPhail.

Krivsky’s real baseball bonafides, however, come from his time with the Twins.  As assistant GM to Terry Ryan in Minnesota, Krivsky tended to handle the business end of things: negotiating long-term deals and salary arbitration stuff. He was given a lot of credit for being Ryan’s right hand man, and Ryan made a lot of good moves during that time. Hard to say how much of that is on Ryan and how much on Krivsky but at the very least he was standing around while a lot of success happened.

Krivsky’s time in Cincinnati was a real mixed bag. A widely-panned trade (Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to the Nats for some bullpen arms and pitching prospect Daryl Thompson) and some inexplicable contracts (Corey Patterson? For $3 million?) are widely cited. He did a pretty good job early, however, picking up Bronson Arroyo and Brandon Phillips in one-sided deals. He was always good for one or two value moves a season like signing Scott Hatteberg or something.

Krivsky is certainly not a perfect executive, but he is a smart, experienced and generally respected one.  Given the caliber of Omar’s previous assistants, those sorts of guys are certainly welcome in the Mets front office.

  1. Grant - Dec 1, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    I always wonder about these lateral moves. Did the Mets offer him more money? More responsibility? Did he and Andy just not get along? There has to be some reason for him to jump ship, after all. Andy MacPhail is a widely-respected executive who has been mentioned as a possible next commissioner, while Omar is, well, Omar.

  2. JayT - Dec 1, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Well, I could see where a guy would look at Minaya and think that there is a good chance for career advancement once Omar get’s canned.

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