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.