The Mets relieved GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel of duties, according to a press release. Minaya is not a part of the organization at present, but would not rule out a return in a new role. Assistant GM John Ricco will fill in for Minaya in the interim. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon had this to say:
"We are extremely disappointed in this year’s results and the failures of the past four seasons. We need to hire a new General Manager with a fresh perspective who will transform this club into a winner that we want and our fans deserve. We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the Organization and thank them for their time and effort. Changes like these are never easy, especially when you are dealing with people you like and respect."
Minaya was hired by the Mets six years ago. He made big trades involving Mike Cameron, Carlos Delgado, John Maine, Angel Pagan, Oliver Perez, Xavier Nady, Heath Bell, Brian Bannister, Lastings Milledge, Johan Santana, and Jeff Francoeur. Minaya spent big bucks on Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Billy Wagner, Jason Bay, and Perez as free agents and also extended Santana, Jose Reyes, and David Wright. The Mets made one playoff appearance under Minaya, in 2006.