Padres Hire Omar Minaya

The Padres announced that they have hired Omar Minaya. The former Mets and Expos GM will be San Diego's senior VP of baseball operations under GM Josh Byrnes.

“His experience, knowledge, evaluative skills and connections throughout the industry will be invaluable for us,” Byrnes said in a statement.

The Mets dismissed Minaya 14 months ago and though a role in the current front office was a possibility, it never materialized. The Mets paid him approximately $1.1MM in 2011 and owe him the same amount in 2012. The Angels interviewed Minaya for the GM job that went to Jerry Dipoto earlier in the offseason. The Brewers, Blue Jays, Indians and Red Sox also had interest in adding Minaya to their respective front offices.

Minaya will serve as a sounding board and evaluate amateur and professional players, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Jon Heyman of SI.com first reported the hiring (Twitter link).


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80 Comments on "Padres Hire Omar Minaya"


Beersy
3 years 8 months ago

I hope Minaya brings the talent he had while working for the Expos and not the poor judgement he had working with the Mets.  I wonder what this hiring means for Randy Smith?

safari_punch
3 years 8 months ago

He didn’t do anything with the Expos other than bury them. Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee and Lee Stevens for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew ring a bell? 

3 years 8 months ago

The context of that trade was a team in it’s last year making one last push for a playoff run.

It was a terrible trade, but the Expos were long buried.

Beersy
3 years 8 months ago

You bring up a trade in which he was trying to make a push not only to save a season, but to save a franchise.

safari_punch
3 years 8 months ago

Colon wasn’t going to make that big of a difference if a team was really going to go “all in.” They gave up way too much, which was clear to everyone even back then.

Minayas was employed by MLB to tank the Expos for Jeffery Loria. He has been terminated from his previous position and was being paid anyways. He was brought in to tank the team so that the franchise was forced to leave Montreal. Minayas number one skill is incompetence.
Loria had purposely ruined relationships with Canadian media so that they could not be broadcast on radio or television and his reward: the Florida Marlins franchise . It is not like the Expos franchise was going to be contracted; they were going to have a future somewhere else, but MLB wanted the team out of Canada and out of Montreal.Loria will have a rightful place in hell as far as I’m concerned with Bud Selig and Minayas right beside him.

Super_Hero
3 years 8 months ago

His poor judgement on the Mets was giving too much money on so-called proven talent. He did very well scouting. Mets have good young player because of him including Reyes, Ike, Murphy, Niese. long term contracts did him in.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 8 months ago

He’s taking McLeod’s job?

Brynes would have been better served hiring me for that job. :)

Beersy
3 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t mind a shot at that gig too.

TimotheusATL
3 years 8 months ago

oh, san diego fans, how we weep for ye.

VivaJackMurphy
3 years 8 months ago

There are many, many other things that should cause you to weep for us before you should do so over the hiring of Omar Minaya as an assistant to the GM.

TimotheusATL
3 years 8 months ago

that may be true, but by the time y’all start playing, i’m usually thinkin’ on sleeping :(

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

he’ll always be good for punchlines, but minaya has scouting talent. as long as his decision-making power is kept in check by someone smarter, he can be a valuable contributor

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

My exact thought was “sweet jesus!” then I realized it was a scouting thing, so I agree it’s not actually a bad move.  Can Byrnes keep him in check though?

3 years 8 months ago

This. I forgot Byrnes was already their GM so I was like “what are they doing?” and then I saw it was a scouting position and so I was like “oh ok.”

3 years 8 months ago

Thank you. It is good to see that someone gets it. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

People are completely overreacting to this. It clearly says “will serve as a sounding board and evaluate amateur and professional players”. He doesn’t have the ability to sign anyone, just give his evaluation of their talent.

3 years 8 months ago

People always forget this. Pretty much anyone who makes it to the role of GM is valuable at *something* in a front office capacity. And while Minaya should never be a GM again, he also made most of his bad moves in dire circumstances. The Colon trade is inexcusable no matter what, but he thought the team was about to be contracted. His moves with the Mets were terrible, but he was working under ownership that actually thought the team was Jason Bay away from winning. If you just put him in a scouting and development capacity, you can get the guy who brought Jose Reyes to the Mets and not the guy who brought Bay to the Mets.

Donald Munson
3 years 8 months ago

This depresses me.

3 years 8 months ago

OUCH!

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 8 months ago

I want to extend my sympathies to those of you are this board that are Padres fans.  No good can come of the Padres hiring Omar for any position.

Rangers4Life
3 years 8 months ago

Actually I think he might prove quite capable in an assistant role. Just don’t give him the GM job.

3 years 8 months ago

Padres are working hard to field their front office softball team made up solely of VPs, GMs, special advisers, etc.

nepp
3 years 8 months ago

There will be some pretty good kickbacks for him for such a post…not that he has experience with that sort of thing.

3 years 8 months ago

This is the perfect role for him actually.

3 years 8 months ago

Josh Brynes is putting together a good front office.Omar will help and i wish him the best of luck

Fred_G_Sanford
3 years 8 months ago

wasnt he the boy that played willie mays hayes in major league 2??

Gumby65
3 years 8 months ago

Wow, Really?
I can see when something is funny or not, but… not even on the radar—was that meant for this post?

TimotheusATL
3 years 8 months ago

it’s a gimmick troll account

Expos '94 World Champs
3 years 8 months ago

I expect the next news to be: Padres sign Oliver Perez to minor league deal.

miamiroc
3 years 8 months ago

Well, if he were hired as the GM…the Padres would be in trouble. But since he’s merely advising the GM on Latin American talent, he should do just fine.

GasLampGuru
3 years 8 months ago

I think Minaya’s ultimate downfall in NY was access to that monster checkbook.  He spent a lot of money on over the hill players and made a number of big mistakes.  That said, he has shown an ability to make the most of a light payroll and make astute judgements when it comes to evaluating young talent in the draft.  So long as Byrnes locks away the checkbook (which even he will have limited access to), and limits Minaya to just scouting international players, this should prove to be a good move.

nepp
3 years 8 months ago

Most of the problem in NY was with the ownership interfering in the process rather than Minaya being incompetent.  I’m not saying he was a great GM but the he really didn’t have that much authority to make deals.  He was basically just their negotiator.

Blue387
3 years 8 months ago

I think he should have signed with the Yankees.

3 years 8 months ago

Lets Go Mets

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

So much whining, so little comprehension. There’s been like three people out of two dozen who see this for the good move that it is.

His job, literally, is to scout amateur talent. That’s it. That’s what he excelled at for the Expos. He can’t go sign Jason Bay, he can’t go ripping their farm system apart, he can simply go into Byrnes’ office and say “Hey, Josh, this kid looks like he’s got some talent, why don’t we take a look at him?” The end.

Honestly, I was kind of hoping the Red Sox would snag him for a role like this.

Beersy
3 years 8 months ago

With the new CBA’s cap on international spending I’m not sure how big a deal this is.  Under the old rules and with Moorads willingness to spend on amatuer players this would have been a coup.

MetsEventually
3 years 8 months ago

First losing Heath Bell, now this?! 

icedrake523
3 years 8 months ago

Minaya’s biggest weakness as a GM was giving out bad contracts to free agents (Schoeneweis, Perez, Castillo, etc.) As long as he has no involvement with that, he’ll be fine with the Padres.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 8 months ago

Whaaaaat? we loose bell, trade for a crappy catcher from FL and now we give the Mets cast away GM a job? I’m confused by whatever Mr. Brynes is doing, watch it all work out great lol

MikhelB
3 years 8 months ago

It is not like Jed Hoyer had GREAT acquisitions with the trades he made. And i mean, seriously? he said he didn’t know that Adrián was VERY valuable to the Padres offense so he traded him to a team where he knew what to ask for, and he asked them what he tought they would give him without too much fuss… ugh… he acted thinking “how could i cause my former boss the less possible damage in the trade?” instead of thinking “how can i improve my team in the short term?”…. UGH!

We witnessed in 2010 a team in the brink of creating something really really good, and ended up with a 2011 team labeled as “in construction” once again and 2012 all of us Padres’ followers will know what the Astros fanbase felt during 2011…

3 years 8 months ago

Randy Smith will be leaving soon. Book It. 

Amish_willy
3 years 8 months ago

I dunno, with his hand on all those new 40-man roster additions, would seem like a funny time to show ones displeasure.