Yankees To Hire Omar Minaya?
Interesting news coming out via Erik Boland of Newsday. Former New York Mets GM and current VP of Baseball Operations with the San Diego Padres, Omar Minaya is under consideration for a high ranking position within the New York Yankees organization.
The role with the Yankees is unclear, however, with Mark Newman retiring, it’s not inconceivable that Minaya could take over the role of running the minor leagues. When Minaya was GM of the Mets, he either signed or drafted Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia. He also signed R.A. Dickey, who Sandy Alderson turned into Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud.
Minaya was a part of the Padres triumvirate at GM that traded Chase Headley for Yangervis Solarte and Huston Street to the Angels for prospects like Taylor Lindsey and R.J. Alvarez.
Minaya also ran the Expos when MLB owned the franchise and was the GM who made the ill-fated Bartolo Colon for Cliff Lee trade for the Expos.
Change is coming for the Yankees and this is definitely an out-of the box kind of hire if it happens. Minaya doesn’t have the greatest of track records as a GM, but he has done well in the player development department. For Minaya, if he does well, he can be under consideration when other GM jobs come up in future years.
As the Yankees changes begin to take shape, who joins the front office will be just as important as who joins the team on the field. The Minaya story is certainly one to keep an eye on.