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Fred Wilpon would like Omar Minaya to remain with Mets in advisory role

Jan 27, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

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Mets owner Fred Wilpon told Ian Begley of ESPN New York earlier today that he would like former general manager Omar Minaya to remain with the organization in an advisory role.

“I think Omar is a very good man and a very good person also,” Wilpon said at the Police Athletic League’s 18th annual Sportsnite at Cirpiani Restaurant. “I think [finding] the right position for Omar is going to be helpful for Omar and helpful for this organization.”

Minaya had a sit-down with new Mets general manager Sandy Alderson earlier this month in order to discuss that very possibility, though the club is currently waiting to hear if he’s truly interested in sticking around. The Mets still owe him $1.1 million per year through 2012.

Wilpon didn’t say that he had a specific job description in mind for Minaya, but indicated that he’d like to see him involved with scouting, possibly with a focus on international talent. Considering that three of the Mets’ top prospects — Jenrry Mejia, Cesar Puello and Wilmer Flores — are all from Latin America, that sounds like it would be right up his alley, assuming Alderson is on board.

  1. phukyouk - Jan 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    advisory role? really? thats like asking Hitler his opinion of Fiddler on the roof. isnt his “Advice” what got them into the mess as it is?

    • D.J. Short - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:06 PM

      It’s impossible for me to know that, since I didn’t work in the front office, but his free agent signings speak for themselves. That is a significant reason why he is out of a job today. On the other hand, he is well-regarded around baseball as a scout and talent evaluator. If and only if Sandy Alderson thinks he can be valuable to the organization in some capacity, I’m fine with it. Not a big deal.

      • bloodysock - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:19 PM

        Allegedly J. P. Ricciardi is also “well-regarded around baseball as a scout and talent evaluator” who made some terrible free agent signings and nobody asked him to stick around.

    • phukyouk - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:52 PM

      J.P. was more of stupid contratcs not so much stupid signing. what i mean is he would throw these ridiculous long term contracts at over rated players. whereas Minaya would pay Ollie 12 mil a yr for 3 yrs when NOONE else was even looking at the guy. all im saying is that if the Muts ever want to get their fans back to happy they need to start with cleaning house. which means Minaya, Ollie, Castillo, Beltran and so on. bringing Minaya back in any capacity that doesnt include a mop and bucket is a huge mistake.

  2. pisano - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    He can’t be serious!

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 28, 2011 at 5:29 AM

    Omar reminds me of a bad penny. It keeps showing up, you can’t get rid of it.

    • BC - Jan 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      Or herpes.

  4. bafong - Jan 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Maybe Fred also has a place for George Costanza, oops I mean Brian Cashman

  5. BC - Jan 28, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    No! No! No! Fail! Epic Fail!

    • phukyouk - Jan 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      I wonder how that conversation took place?

      Sandy: Hey Omar! Wow this is akward. please have a seat. ok so now that you are sitting opposite the place that you sat for years how would you like to come back in an advisory role?
      Omar: WOAH! so not expecting that. ummmm yea… sure what would my job entail.
      Sandy: well.. seeing as how you did a bang up job we would love for you to scout new talent for our future
      Omar: this is great i have so many ideas. did i ever tell you that Ollie has a younger brother than can “pitch” as well. he also has a sister that can “catch” but thats a discussion for another time.

      • BC - Jan 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        Please Mommy, make the bad man go away!!!! Waaaaaaa……

      • uyf1950 - Jan 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM

        To BC – While I’m not a Mets fan as you well know. I’m old enough to remember the early, very early years of the Mets. With players like Ron Swoboda and co. and managers like the always entertaining Casey Stengel. So keep the faith my friend, it can always be worse.

  6. Kevin S. - Jan 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    BC, it’s not nearly as bad as when James Dolan kept going back to the Isiah well.

  7. yankeesfanlen - Jan 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Kind of surmise there’s a few too many Yankees fans commenting here. Leave BC alone! (in his misery)

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