Dec 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT
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.
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.
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