Here is what Matthews is claiming the COO of the Mets said to him about Omar Minaya and his job status:
“He’s this close to being out of baseball,” Jeff Wilpon told me, holding his thumb and forefinger a half-inch apart.
Those are very strong words if they were said as Matthews claims they were.
We’ve been through this. Minaya made a mistake. They cannot fire him for an isolated incident with the media. That is not enough. They need more than that.
Make the argument all you want that he has botched this team. Yet if it were not for him, this team would not even matter in New York City. The Mets could still very well be worse than the Washington Nationals.
If it were not for Minaya, Pedro Martinez never would have come to New York. That started the arrival of stars coming to the New York Mets. You really think any of them like Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Johan Santana ever would have come? Do you think Scott Boras ever would have bothered with the Mets?
The answer is a very loud “no“. If you think otherwise, you are a fool.
I was very upset what Minaya did to Mets beat writer Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News. It was the wrong place and the wrong time. Yet I cannot forget all the good that Minaya has done for this team.
I am not ready to fire him over this season. While injuries are a part of the game and a GM has to anticipate them, not GM in all of baseball ever would have anticipated the rash of injuries this team has suffered. None at all! Not Brian Cashman. Not Billy Beane. None! The sooner you get that through your head, the more you’ll see my point.
Right now is where Minaya makes his redemption. I believe the trade for Jeff Francoeur was just the beginning. This Tony Bernazard/Rubin thing sidetracked him. It is time for him to get back on track.
Trades need to be made. He has two days before the trade deadline to do it. If the Mets miss the playoffs, then I cannot completely fault ownership for letting him go. Then it is a baseball reason.
Time is ticking, Mr. Minaya. You need to get the job done to secure your job. Your extension will not mean a thing if you do not start hopping.