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Padres hire former Mets general manager Omar Minaya

Dec 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

Omar Minaya AP

UPDATE: Minaya’s official title is senior vice president of baseball operations, so he’ll be pretty high up on the food chain in San Diego.

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Omar Minaya, who was fired as Mets general manager in October of 2010, has been hired by the Padres and their new general manager Josh Byrnes, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

Minaya was paid more than $1 million by the Mets this year and is still owed similar money in 2012, and he unsuccessfully interviewed for the Angels’ general manager opening that ultimately went to Jerry Dipoto.

Minaya’s new gig coming the day after Heath Bell left San Diego is particularly interesting because he traded Bell to the Padres for Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins in 2006.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Minaya will be assisting in Latin American operations, which makes sense because that’s all he did as the Mets GM anyway.

  2. bjavie - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Really?!?!? Are the Padres even interested in getting better???? What’s next, Ed Wade as Assistant GM??

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Are question marks going out of style or something?

      • phukyouk - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. sdelmonte - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    And thus the spectre of Omar is gone. Any chance the Pads will hire Isiah Thomas as well?

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Based on what is being reported as his official title with the Padres (Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations), it sure sounds like he’s going to be doing more then just evaluating talent or assisting in Latin American Operations.

  5. emeraldcityfan - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    When Tony Bernazard shows up at the Padres office, that’s when you worry San Diego.

  6. walrushooker - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Life’s hard as a Padres fan… I guess I can be positive: Atleast we’re spending money somewhere.

    • cintiphil - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      You had better get used to this. Ask any Mets fan about Omar. But don’t worry, it will only take 5-10 years for the Pads to get rid of him.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM

      Yes, they’re spending money on a lighter, so they can set their money on fire more efficiently

  7. pisano - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    The only thing this guy would be good for is an interpreter, he isn’t worth a crap for anything else.

  8. crisisjunky - Dec 3, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    One pictures an endless queue of 18-wheelers, loaded with Iam’s,
    lined up to pay for Yoennis Cespedes new contract.

    Forget Salary, the new CBA should have imposed a sanity cap.

  9. obpedmypants - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Minaya is like the Jon Corzine of baseball. How do people with such a lengthy and consistent history of failure continue to find employment?

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