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).