Friday, October 1, 2010
Updated: October 4, 1:17 PM ET
Sources: Mets GM, manager to be let go
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- General manager Omar Minaya's and manager Jerry Manuel's tenures with the New York Mets in their current positions likely will be over after this weekend, sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
Multiple team officials said no announcement is planned until after the regular season's completion Sunday.
While probing of interest from potential front-office candidates has taken place, a Mets official said no permission has been requested to officially speak with successors and no replacement will be immediately installed.
Sources say Joe Garagiola Jr. and Sandy Alderson are among the people being considered for the revamped front office.
In addition, former Indians and Rangers general manager John Hart is expected to be in the mix, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
Manuel said he has not been informed of any decision regarding his job status.
"I have not discussed anything," Manuel said. "Nothing has been told to me. Just like every year, you discuss it at the end of the year. I haven't been told anything."
Minaya was hired during the final week of the 2004 season, and energized the fan base with the signings of Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran. However, the Mets have qualified for the postseason in only one of his six full seasons on the job, despite annually having one of the highest payrolls in the National League.
The Mets ensured their second straight losing season with Thursday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
"This is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately town, and lately it hasn't been good," David Wright said Friday night before the start of a season-ending series against Washington. "I think everybody that signed up for this, everybody that's in the organization knows that in New York, you're expected to win, and that when you don't get it done, there's going to be fingers pointed, and obviously, that's where we're at now."
Minaya is signed for two more seasons at roughly $1.1 million annually. A source familiar with his contract confirmed language prohibits Minaya from being reassigned from that role, which is why it's unclear whether he will ultimately remain with the organization in another capacity.
The Mets will not owe Manuel any money. The guaranteed portion of his contract expires at season's end. While team officials have been complimentary of Manuel's performance, he is getting caught up in the shakeup above him.
A former American League manager of the year with the Chicago White Sox, Manuel said he hoped he would hear a decision on his fate before it is made public.
"That would be the honest thing or the integri-ous thing to do. No question," Manuel said. "It sounds like everybody got me written off, but nobody's told me off right now. Kick me to curb -- I haven't even seen the curb."
Still, he knows there's a chance change will occur.
"Going in, you know when you come to New York, bottom line is you have to win," he said. "So that tells you some things right there. But you, obviously, would like for the people just to let you know before it comes across the screen."
After coming within a win of reaching the World Series in 2006, the Mets have slopped through four sorry seasons.
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.