Minaya, Manuel Will Not Lead Mets In 2011

GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel will not return to the Mets organization in those roles next year, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. As expected, the Mets will decline Manuel's 2011 option and fire or re-assign Minaya, who is under contract through 2012.

Manuel, now in his third season as Mets manager, has managed the team to a 202-212 record. The Mets are 77-82 this year, headed for a second consecutive fourth place finish.

Minaya replaced Jim Duquette in 2004, soon after he resigned as the GM of the Montreal Expos. As Mets GM, Minaya signed Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Francisco Rodriguez to contracts that are now holding the team back. However, the GM locked David Wright and Jose Reyes up to affordable extensions, acquired Johan Santana and, more recently, found R.A. Dickey on the scrap heap. 

The New York Post reported that the Mets could have difficulty attracting top executives, but the team should have plenty of options to choose from. Heyman reports that the Mets may be considering White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former D'Backs GM Josh Byrnes and longtime A's GM Sandy Alderson. Here's a look at several other candidates to replace Minaya

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  1. icedrake523 5 years ago

    Thanks for telling us what we’ve known for months, Heyman.

    Only question is will Minaya be outright fired or just re-assigned?

  2. studio179 5 years ago

    Getting rid of Minaya and Manuel is one thing, but when does JW the GM get booted. I guess he is secured in his role.

    • Infield Fly 5 years ago

      A fan’s gotta have dreams, and personally I long for some way to put Jeff Wilpon on irrevocable waivers – or better still: to just release him outright!

  3. jza1218 5 years ago

    Unfortunately, this negative energy surrounding the front office leads me to believe that the team will go after a good-will gesture like signing Gary Carter as the new manager rather than making a sound baseball decision.

    Personally, I’d like to see a top to bottom reorganization front-office wise and maybe get some established coaches like Leo Mazzone rather than guys like Howard Johnson who got the job simply because he was a recognizable Mets name.

  4. philsWSchamps 5 years ago

    DAMN! I’m really gonna miss Omar!

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      I’m sure. Don’t fret, he’s not being fired, just ‘re-assigned’. Remember, the Mets don’t eat contract money and they owe Omar $2MM. He most likely be a

  5. Ricky 5 years ago


    BLOODY MONDAY!!!!!!!!!


    Minaya and Manual get out of the house.

    Is an excellent step one.

    This is a postive now lets hire a good solid baseball man and manager not afraid to make hard decisions

  6. I was at the press conference held at the final game for the Montreal Expos. As I dashed towards the door a tall thin man held it open for me…. Omay Minaya. I will be happy to give him a letter of reference if they would like to reassign him to door man at the Wilpon’s executive suites.

  7. strikethree 5 years ago


  8. fulmer1211 5 years ago

    I would go to more games if Happy the Clown was GM and Mickey Mouse was manager. Wait! they already are. Four straight years of pain is enough.

    • icedrake523 5 years ago

      Figures the Mets would be too cheap to hire Bozo the Clown to be their GM.

    • mrmet128 5 years ago

      I wish Mickey Mouse was managing, he could do a lot better than this!

  9. GOLSF 5 years ago

    Any moves made clearing out the front office will not make a difference until the Wilpon family learns the Steinbrenner lesson: hire good baseball people, surround them with good business talent (operations, marketing, etc), invest in the draft, and stay the heck out of the way…

    • icedrake523 5 years ago

      Steinbrenner only learned that after destroying the Yankees and being banned from baseball.

      • johnsilver 5 years ago

        Only difference was Steinbrenner had unlimited piles of money and could/did cover each and every one of his mistakes he made. He also blamed everyone else for his blunders however, so let’s not put him too far above the Wilpon’s…

        • Slopeboy 5 years ago

          The piles of money that Steinbrenner had that you’re referring to is a myth.Geo. Steinbrenner made the ‘piles of money’ only after the team starting winning. What he did that the Mets have not learned to do, is re-invest in the team. The Yankees organization has always put their money back into the minors and player delvelopment .What would happen is that Steinbrenner would trade the prospects for veteran players who often did not pan out. The Yankees started winning when they kept the prospects and signed FA’s to supplement. The attendance rose and that allowed them to better market the team and continue to increase attendance as well as ticket prices. That’s the reason they have those piles of money now. The Mets don’t ever go that extra mile.
          They spend only when they absolutely have to. They haggle with their draft picks to the point, that some are not signed, and many of their FA sigings are second tier signings. That’s when they do decide to make a move.

          • souldrummer 5 years ago

            Totally disagree with this. Steinbrenner made piles of money in many ways because he got it on cable. The Yankees made piles of money on MSG, even when the team wasn’t winning championships. Then they leveraged their championships into mountains of money with YES. He’s always had the ability to out purchase the competition in free agency, first by buying Reggie Jackson and then by buying Dave Winfield.

            Originally, he bought the free agents himself and he made too many errors in the late 80s. Then he got banned and the baseball people got to build without his interference for awhile and got a core of players. But you’re certainly right in that the Yanks only started winning once they got the prospects in Rivera, Jeter, Posada, and Pettite.

            But ever since they sold to Steinbrenner, they’ve always had a major monetary advantage.

          • Slopeboy 5 years ago

            You are pretty much correct. My bad! I should have never overlooked and left out those facts. My post was to despute the myth that the Yankees win because they buy championships by outspending everyone else. Great posting!

          • johnsilver 5 years ago

            Let’s not poor mouth Georgie. good old george was a financial and Republican heavy weight way back in the early 70’s, a heavyweight in the hierarchy, fully involved in the Watergate scandal, even received a FELONY conviction over the matter and was not pardoned until Reagan left office. Wonder how many other owners in baseball have FELONY convictions, especially ones linked to such atrocious acts as the Watergate hearings?

          • Slopeboy 5 years ago

            Talk about hate!! I thought your original thread was about how George went about putting together a winning organization. I can tell it was just an excuse to take a cheap shot at the Yankess. You forgot to add, that after tough Yankees loses, he would come home and kick the dog.

          • johnsilver 5 years ago

            It was with regards to baseball. Don’t forget also George also had his favorite personal whipping boy in Billy Martin fired how many times? When he would sometimes get a few FA’s he did not even need extra, have front office layoff’s, or cut their pay, even sometimes had them work without pay. He did this up until the late 80’s

            My post(s) were about a combination of Georgie being very well off when he 1st bought the Yankees and getting them back to competitive again, which he did very well. He did that with the same ruthlessness he used in his business interests, mainly shipping he has owned for decades and took it further.

            George also was never one to take one bit of the blame for the failures of the teams he put together. Look no further than managers never lasting for 1-2 seasons at a time during the early years, short term GM’s many times, love hate relationships with him publicly chastising many of his players on a nearly daily basis, especially greats such as Reggie jackson that drew his special ire since he had the gall to strike back.

            This man was no icon that many seem to think he was, except to maybe some NYY fans. he was a cold, ruthless, self serving, that acted with little regard toward others throughout his tenure.

          • Slopeboy 5 years ago

            Strangely enough, I felt the same way many years ago. Everything you say on this post is correct, I do think you are passing judgement on just a portion of who Geo. was and not giving credit for who he became in later years. There are many examples of good deeds that he performed that were kept quiet and held secretly for many years, that are now coming to light. As an example, two years ago a family in the Bronx was burned out of their home and suffered 2 deaths in the family as well. Steinbrenner quietly picked up the tab for the funeral expenses and renovated the home without fanfare.The news was leaked out from members of the affected family. I don’t love Geo, and as I said ,I agree with most of what you’ve posted here, but it should not be all one sided.

            Also I’m not certain your watergate issue all is correct. I thought he was convicted on making illegal contributions. You would have to define what you mean by ‘fully’, as I don’t think,even Nixon was ‘fully’ involved.

          • johnsilver 5 years ago

            Yes, He was convicted on the illegal contributions (300K had to look it up a LONG time ago and memory is not that good) but he was convicted on that issue, as were many others and hauled before the Senate, they were all tied together into the Watergate “witch hunt”

            What was most comical about that, if you recall was when Billy Martin one time got so fed up with George’s tirades in..78? 79? That he fired back in the press ” One’s a born liar (Reggie Jackson) and the other is convicted (George)” It was in regards to his testimony at the Senate hearings and one of the few times was a Billy Martin fan.

            Anyway.. You are also entirely correct on those other good deeds that leaked out after his passing, I have lived near Tampa the last 2 decades and heard many things also along that regard, also some other issues the opposite with his shipping industry, but past that. The good he always seemed to want squelched.

            Forget the ownership he took over the sinking NYY franchise from right off.. was it the Small’s?? Anyway, he brought them back to respectability with his financial might and certainly increased his wealth with cable ventures and turned them into the financial power house that they are now.

      • Part of the measure of a businessman’s greatness is the ability to learn from his mistakes.

  10. BigRedOne 5 years ago

    My guess is they go with Wayne Krivsky as GM and then either Wally Backman or Pete Mackanin as Manager.

  11. RedbirdRuffian 5 years ago

    Krivsky is a valuable guy to have in the front office, but his experience as Reds GM resulted in overpaying Arroyo, Cordero and Harang, and with some questionable trades including Hailon to Texas. The guy seems to have a solid record running the minor leagues/drafting operations. Mets need a proven guy and thats why the Dbacks snatched up Towers before other teams could grab him. Maybe they could entice someone already under contract like Theo, Cashman or Friedman or Jocketty. Money talks, if they want someone bad enough they can find a way to make it happen. Mets rebuilding starts at the top, bringing in someone unproven is not worth the risk when the resources are there to get a proven guy.

  12. davidwright1234 5 years ago

    I am so happy right now. As a Met fan I’ve been waiting for long enough to get these two gone.

  13. UnderachieversAvenue 5 years ago

    Joey Cora for GM and Alex Cora for Manager?

  14. mrmet128 5 years ago

    oh good job Heyman. if I was a reporter, i could of told you that in july.

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