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 first reported the hiring (Twitter link).

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  1. Beersy 4 years 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 4 years 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? 

      • 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

      He’s taking McLeod’s job?

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

  2. TimotheusATL 4 years ago

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

    • VivaJackMurphy 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

  3. notsureifsrs 4 years 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 4 years 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?

    • 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.”

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

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years 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.

    • 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.

  4. Donald Munson 4 years ago

    This depresses me.

  5. UltimateYankeeFan 4 years 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.

  6. Rangers4Life 4 years ago

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

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

  8. nepp 4 years ago

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

  9. This is the perfect role for him actually.

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

  10. Fred_G_Sanford 4 years ago

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

    • Gumby65 4 years ago

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

  11. GoFish 4 years ago

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

  12. miamiroc 4 years 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.

  13. GasLampGuru 4 years 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 4 years 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.

  14. Blue387 4 years ago

    I think he should have signed with the Yankees.

  15. 0bsessions 4 years 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 4 years 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.

  16. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    First losing Heath Bell, now this?! 

  17. icedrake523 4 years 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.

  18. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 4 years 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 4 years 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…

  19. Randy Smith will be leaving soon. Book It. 

    • Amish_willy 4 years ago

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

  20. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 4 years ago

    Any interesting Padres rumors right now? I have not been paying attention to baseball at all. 

  21. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Minyana is one of the most entertaining baseball minds I can think of.  He pretty much just does what he wants and if it works, fine. 

  22. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    People look into these hirings way too closely. He is not the GM. He is a scout. And has shown that he is a damn good scout to date.

  23. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    Sucks for the Padres

  24. Nice hire. Will be involved with many areas of scouting (his strength) and trades.

  25. Mario Saavedra 4 years ago

    Sad sad day for us padre fans.

  26. MikhelB 4 years ago

    I would love to comment on how Minaya will bring lots of Puertorrican ballplayers to the Padres and even maybe help them promote the local mexican talent present in both sides of the border… but i guess i risk being banned once again for saying “racist” things, even if i am an hispano telling things as they are… LMAO!!

    And while it is a sad day for Padre fans (my local team), it is also a good day in terms of talent scouting. I think he’ll help bring far more talented plyaers than those the Frailes usually get everytime they go on a fire sale (though that also could hurt their owner’s plan to finish last and live off revenue sharing while still having 20-25 thousand people in attendance most days).

  27. UltimateYankeeFan 4 years ago

    Thank you for those kind words.   Of course one can also look at it as the Yankees have won 5 World Series Titles and appeared in 7 World Series in the last 16 years.  Four of the titles and six of the appearances during Cashman’s tenure as GM.  
    As for your comment about the Red Sox.  I think presently they have a lot more to do to get their own house in order then worry about taking down another team be it the Yankees or the Rays for that matter.  But that’s just my opinion.

  28. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    So how does it feel to spend an average of $130 mil in each of the last 3 years and never sniff higher than 4th place? 

    I think it’s most hilarious that you brought up Tony Womack who was signed on a 1 year deal for a couple of million, got hurt and was “Wally Pipped” by Robinson Cano.

  29. Yes, but can your dad beat up his dad?  That is the REAL question…..

  30. caseyB 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t feel any better if my team had spent close to two billion dollars the last decade for payroll, and has had more known PEDs cheaters than any other team in MLB history during that time, and has just 1 title to show for it.

    Pretty sad haul for all that effort & money.

  31. UltimateYankeeFan 4 years ago

    I guess he’ll RIP knowing he’s that he continued to build on the Yankees legacy as the the MOST successful baseball team in history.   A team that he passed control of on to the next generation of Steinbrenner’s.

    What I know for sure is the Steinbrenners and the Yankees organization are doing much better then the team you appear to be a fan of, the Mets.  Apparently Fred Wilpon has gone on a fund raising campaign to raise enough money to continue to operate the team that’s after borrowing millions of dollars from MLB just so they could continue to operate.  Or is it to be able to pay off the debt the trustee is seeking against them in the Madoff scandal?

    One final comment about your reference to 2004 and the Sox victory.  As they say chit happens.  I could ask you how it felt when the Yankees defeated the Mets in 2000 (4-1) for World Series Title #26 but why rub salt in the wound.

    If indeed you are a Mets fan good luck in 2012 the’ll need it.

  32. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Feels better than 1 championship in the last 25 years. How did it feel being beat at home in that 2000 series vs the Yanks? Seeing them celebrate on the field of that old crappy stadium you had? 

    Btw: The Mets locker was LITERALLY filled with steroids as your clubhouse guy was doing his best Frank White impersonation and supplying the whole sport almost on his own. 

    Also, kinda “douchie” of you to bring up Steinbrenner. I guess he’s doing as well as any other deceased person…not so good. At least he doesn’t have to drive by Flushing and smell what’s coming out of that park over the last couple of years.

    Cheers to many more years of Yankee news being in BIG BOLD PRINT and the Mets being in little
    itty bitty print on the second
    to last page just after the Jai Alai box scores and the results of the Women’s
    HS Swimming meets.

  33. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Probably. Eat the big piece of chicken Mom saved for him and he goes mental.

  34. 9 out of 10 Latin ballplayers speak more coherent English than you do.

  35. Ohhhplease 4 years ago

    Thanks for checking in Grand Wizard…this rivals your “Marlins only having two white player” blast the other day….go wash your white robes

  36. caseyB 4 years ago

    Wow, the Yankees have been the dirtiest team in MLB history, including all the Torre years. Their wins are hollow as they also had to “buy” their way every year with the highest payroll in baseball.  Money + PEDS= the Yankee way.

    As for the Mets locker room and steroids, better do your homework.  Radomsky’s activity came AFTER he left the Mets organization. But I guess if it makes you feel better to fantasize …

  37. cookmeister 4 years ago

    They had a chance at the playoffs before the hire?

  38. ZZZZZIPPP 4 years ago




  39. Last time I checked, Jason Bay isn’t a Latino.

  40. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    And if the Mets had competent leadership over the last 5 to 10 years then they wouldn’t be the biggest joke in NY Sports and a shining example of how $$$$$$$ doesn’t always add up to success.

  41. MikhelB 4 years ago

    Not when you take into account that the guy who was hired to create the report was part of the Bosox front office and decided not to dig dirt that could bury the bosox players, and years later we found out that indeed Manny and Ortíz failed the PED tests and Mitchell decided not to include their names and went all in vs New York.

  42. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    So if spending $$$$$$ = bought championships then the $$$$$$ spent by the Mets ($100 mil avg) means they bought themselves 9 seasons of failing to make the playoffs. Seems like a pretty poor return in my opinion.

    I didn’t come hear to bash anyone’s team but the last fanbase that has ANYTHING worthwhile to say of the subject of money vs winning vs steroids are the Mets.

    Win something and then come see me.

  43. MikhelB 4 years ago

    Well, as far as they get back their own investment everything is ok, and if every team spent as the yankees, it would activate MLB’s economy, heavily supported by the Yanks free-spending.

  44. caseyB 4 years ago

    Actually, I think the Yankees are the ” biggest joke” in all of sports because the disparity between their payroll and all other teams in their league must be the widest in all of pro sports — at least in this country.

    The Yankees are also the biggest example of how $$$$$ doesn’t always add up to success, because despite all the advantages they’ve enjoyed monetarily over the last decade, they haven’t really done much relatively speaking.

    And, sadly for Yankees fans, they are the dirtiest team in the history of MLB.

  45. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    While they may have only won 1 WS (no other team other than the Sox and Cards have won more than 1) they have been to 3 WS and 9 playoff runs. I wouldn’t exactly call that nothing.

    Dude…I have plenty of reasons to be happy as a Yankee fan. Not sure who you root for but I’m secure in saying your team hasn’t enjoyed the amount of success I have seen in the last 15 years. 

  46. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    50 years? Yeah ok. Really overplaying that payroll thing.

  47. caseyB 4 years ago

    Who said spending $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ = championships? Having money gives a team big advantages. If they don’t parlay that advantage into titles, then it’s a big failure. The advantage a team has is directly proportional to the size of the difference between a team’s payroll and those of the other teams in its division.

    The Mets haven’t spent their money wisely, but then neither have the Yankees. They should be the last team to talk about wasting money having thrown monumental amounts of it down the drain with the likes of Pavano, Brown, Farnsworth, Vazquez, and Igawa.

    As for steroids, the Mets are veritable choir boys compared with the dirty and stained history of the Yankees. Much as you might like to fantasize otherwise, the dirty taint of cheating that has tarnished the team you root for has so far largely escaped major Mets players.

    Win something CLEAN and on an EVEN PLAYING FIELD and then come see ME.

  48. caseyB 4 years ago

    LOL, if that’s what you call success, it’s the cheapest hollowest kind. You can keep it.

    If you want to talk success, then look at the Red Sox or Cards or even the Phillies, clubs that have won this decade without a real heavy steroids taint or humongous payroll advantages.

    For the amount of money and cheating the Yankees have done the past decade, their achievements are pretty thin.

    If you’re happy, fine. Ignorance is bliss.

  49. MikhelB 4 years ago

    Really? the sox? the second highest payroll and filled with steroid users protected by MLB+Mitchell? reaally?


    PSThe yankees have the most wins in the MLB since 1990. in fact they just have had ONE decade where they have not been the winningest team in either league.

  50. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Oh yeah…Sox haven’t won with the help of steroids. Manny and Ortiz were MINOR role players on those two championship teams. Whatever,…..clueless.

  51. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    You mean it wasn’t ironic that the two biggest Red Sox players WEREN’T in the Mitchell Report but the tuth came out in the “leaked report”?

    That whole Red Sox/Mitchell Report fiasco was a joke.

  52. caseyB 4 years ago

    No, he was NOT in the RS front office. He was on their Board of Directors.

    And there is no evidence that he left anyone out of his report. It’s just an excuse and tale Yankee fans like to tell themselves to try to numb the pain of having the dirtiest team in MLB history.

    As for your “years later” fiction about the list, well the Mitchell report never revealed the appearance of ANY names on the list. We only know who was on the list by leaks that came after the Mitchell report. Get your facts straight. So at the time of the Mitchell report, there was NO evidence about Manny and Ortiz that could be included in that report. Too bad Yankee fans have to go through hoops and lies to try to rid themselves of the PEDs taint.

  53. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Not spending your money wisely isn’t FAILING TO WIN A 7 GAME SERIES. Not spending your money is NOT EVEN MAKING THE PLAYOFFS.

    The $$$$$ allows for the construction of a winning team (see the # of 1st place finishes). The play, character and the “luck factor” are what determine how far you go.

    I doubt the Rangers GM considers themselves failures because they lost to the Cardinals.

    This idea that not winning a WS = a failure by the GM is a joke.

  54. caseyB 4 years ago

    Yes. Really. The Red Sox.

    Facts: (1) Their payroll in 2004 and 2007 was neither the highest  in their division  or significantly higher than all other teams in baseb all the way the Yankees payrolls have been the last decade or so.

    (2) What steroids users? Apart from Manny?

    The Mitchell  report protected no players and that’s just a bunch of BS Yankees fans like you spout to make yourself feel better.  

    “The yankees have the most wins in the MLB since 1990.”

    LOL, yeah, thanks to their monstrous payrolls and endemic steroids cheating! What an accomplishment!

  55. caseyB 4 years ago

    Wow, you’re not only clueless but illiterate as well. I never said the Sox didn’t have steroids users. Read again. I said they won without a heavy steroids taint.

    We all know Manny has been nabbed in various ways. But Ortiz was only named on the 2003 survey testing list.

    And Manny and Ortiz are a drop in the bucket compared to Clemens, Pettitte, Giambi, Canseco, Hill, Neagle, A-Roid, etc etc. No other team in MLB has had so many confirmed PEDs cheats as the Yankees. There should be a huge syringe in their monument park!

  56. caseyB 4 years ago

    Huh? There was no “leaked report.” What are you talking about?

    Are you talking about the “leaked list?” Well the Mitchell report was BARRED by MLB & their agreement with the players union  from revealing any names who were on the list. Get your facts straight.  They revealed no names who were on the list. Names only leaked out after the report — like A-Rod’s name.

    Are you saying Mitchell was protecting A-Rod too? Well then that blows your little non-sensical theory out of the water, doesn’t it.

    It’s amazing how much fiction Yankee fans will make up to try to distance their team from the dirty taint of PEDs cheating.

  57. caseyB 4 years ago

    When you cheat as much as the Yankees teams did, when you have such a huge monetary advantage the way the Yankees do, not winning a 7-game series over poorer teams is a big failure.

    Again, the Mets failed to spend their money wisely but the Yankees are right up their (and probably worse) with their ludicrous contracts to Pavano, Igawa, Brown, Farnsworth etc etc.

    And sure, play, character and luck factor play a role, but $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ plays a humongous role in being able to put the best talent on the field. It’s the $$$$$$$$$$$$ that gives some teams a huge advantage on the field.

    And why should the Rangers consider themselves a failure for losing to the Cardinals. Did they spend over $200 million in payroll? LOL. After all this, you still don’t get it.

    Not winning a WS is not necessarily a failure. But not wining more than 1 WS in a decade after outspending your rivals by miles, spending over 2 billion in payroll the last decade, and cheating up the kazoo with PEDs is a failure. It’s a joke that Yankee fans can’t see this.

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