The Yankees announced Thursday that former Mets and Expos general manager Omar Minaya has been hired as a senior advisor to their baseball operations department. It’s the second time this week that the Yanks have added a respected, former GM with scouting roots to their front office in an advisory capacity. Longtime Giants GM Brian Sabean was hired in a similar role on Tuesday.
The 64-year-old Minaya served as the general manager in Montreal from 2002-04 before being hired by the Mets (where he’d previously worked as an assistant GM) as the general manager in Queens. He held that role from 2005-10 before being replaced by Sandy Alderson. Minaya would go on to spend five years as the vice president of baseball operations with the Padres, where he was also part of an interim GM committee in 2014 when the Padres dismissed Josh Byrnes midseason and waited until after the year to tab current president of baseball ops A.J. Preller as his replacement. Minaya served as the Padres’ point person for trade-related matters in the summer of 2014.
Minaya has spent nearly 40 years in baseball operations, holding various scouting and executive roles with the Rangers, Mets, Expos, Padres and in the league’s central office. The YES Network’s Jack Curry, who first reported that the Yankees were set to announce the hiring of Minaya, tweets that the addition of veteran execs like Minaya and Sabean is part of an effort by the Yankees to create more of a balance between traditional scouting wisdom and more modern, data-driven approaches to player evaluation.