Friday, December 17, 2010
Omar Minaya, Sandy Alderson to talk
By Ian Begley
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Former New York Mets GM Omar Minaya said he plans to sit down with current Mets GM Sandy Alderson after the New Year to discuss a potential new role in the organization.
Minaya told ESPNNewYork.com that he has multiple offers on the table. He plans to remain in baseball in some capacity next season, though he said nothing is definite.
"We'll sit down sometime after the New Year and talk," the ex-GM said.
He plans to sift through the offers after enjoying the holidays with his family.
Minaya, who was fired by the Mets Oct. 5, is under contract for two more years, at roughly $1.1 million annually. The GM recently said he has drawn interest from several other clubs. Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers has expressed interest in adding Minaya as a special assistant.
Alderson said earlier this week he planned to meet with Minaya after the New Year.
Alderson was recently asked if he had a role in mind for Minaya.
"Well, I'd like to hear from him first," Alderson said. "But, to reiterate, he and I have been friends for a long time. I have great respect for him as a baseball person. There's always room for somebody with his capabilities."
Minaya was let go after the Mets finished 79-83 last season, a disappointing 18 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East despite having an opening day payroll of $133 million.
Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.