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Jays offer scouting position to Omar Minaya

 

According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Blue Jays have offered a scouting position to former Mets and Expos general manager Omar Minaya.

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If Minaya accepts the position, he will become the 4th former GM in the Jays front office. (Jim Beattie: Expos, Orioles; Chuck LaMar: Rays; Ed Lynch: Cubs)

Personally, I was shocked by this news. This is probably because when I think of Omar Minaya, the first thing that comes up is one of the most disasterous trades in baseball history:

June 27, 2002 Expos sent Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens to the Indians for Bartolo Colon.

Of course, Sizemore, Lee and Phillips weren’t the Sizemore (3x all star, 2x gold glove, silver slugger), Lee (3x all star, Cy Young) and Phillips (2x all star, 3x gold glove, silver slugger) that have flourished in the bigs when the deal was made. But I would be wary of hiring a scout who could swing in miss so badly on 3 players of that calibre.

With that said, the offer to Minaya doesn’t come entirely out of left field. There is the Expos connection- Alex Anthopolous and special assistant to the GM Dana Brown both worked under Minaya in the early 2000′s.

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The move also fits with the Jays increased focus on Latin American scouting. Minaya began his career as an international scout with the Rangers in the mid 80′s and was involved in the signings of Sammy Sosa and Juan Gonzalez.

Minaya has also been responsible for a number of decent moves during his career as a GM. A few that stand out to me are:

11/24/05: Traded Mike Jacobs, Yusmiero Petit and Grant Psomas to Florida for Carlos Delgado

8/3/06: Signed Jose Reyes to a four year, $23.25 million contract

2/2/08: Traded Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra to Minnesota for Johan Santana

 

Along with the unmitigated failure that was the Colon deal, Minaya was also at the helm for these awful deals:

3/24/02: Traded Jason Bay and Jim Serrano  to the Mets for Lou Collier

11/15/06: Traded Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson.

2/2/09: Signed Oliver Perez to a 3 year, $ 36 million contract.

12/29/09: Signed Jason Bay to a four year, $66 million contract.

I think it’s fair to say that Minaya’s judgement has been questionable during his time as a GM. Is he someone you would like to see join the Jays front office in a scouting role?

Should the Jays hire Omar Minaya?

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Topics: Bartolo Colon, Carlos Delgado, Cliff Lee, Heath Bell, Jose Reyes

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  • vieirar11

    Although he may have traded some of the top end talents you mention, he did however, possess them in one way or another in his organization. Bad trades happen all the time. I have yet to see the fruits of the Roy Halladay trade. Trades happen because of pressure, sometimes bad situations, Minaya being surrounded by the wrong people. Put him in the Jays front office, surrounded by the right people….perhaps the Jays could see a 2nd round selection in the form of Brandon Phillips or a 3rd round pick with Sizemore-esque talent. Remember he would be a scout, not the Jays GM. The Perez signing was a particularly ugly one, but lets have a look at the potential deals internationals are set to receive this year, Cespedes $30+ (likely way over) Darvish $50-$100 mil in contract alone, not to mention the rest of the Japanese postings set to hit the market. There is always a risk and if it doesnt work out, then it is always the GMs reputation that suffers.

    I love the direction Paul Beeston and the Jays have taken by surrounding the organization with baseball minds to compete in the AL East and I think that belief is unanimous with fans. Beeston’s front office consists of 4 individuals who know what it is like to be accountable for entire MLB organization, Minaya the 5th. This is sheer brilliance in my opinion. I think instead of saying in AA we trust it should be AA co. we trust! This is another potential sterling move by an impressing organization.

  • scottbarber

    Minaya was with the Mets when Sizemore, Lee and Phillips were drafted. He came into Montreal and completely destroyed their farm system/ future.

    The point is, Minaya has consistently shown poor judgment in terms of player evaluation. I don’t think his record indicates that he would be a particularly effective scout with the Jays.

  • vieirar11

    Although he may have traded some of the top end talents you mention, he did however, possess them in one way or another in his organization. Bad trades happen all the time. I have yet to see the fruits of the Roy Halladay trade. Trades happen because of pressure, sometimes bad situations, Minaya being surrounded by the wrong people. Put him in the Jays front office, surrounded by the right people….perhaps the Jays could see a 2nd round selection in the form of Brandon Phillips or a 3rd round pick with Sizemore-esque talent. Remember he would be a scout, not the Jays GM. The Perez signing was a particularly ugly one, but lets have a look at the potential deals internationals are set to receive this year, Cespedes $30+ (likely way over) Darvish $50-$100 mil in contract alone, not to mention the rest of the Japanese postings set to hit the market. There is always a risk and if it doesnt work out, then it is always the GMs reputation that suffers.

    I love the direction Paul Beeston and the Jays have taken by surrounding the organization with baseball minds to compete in the AL East and I think that belief is unanimous with fans. Beeston’s front office consists of 4 individuals who know what it is like to be accountable for entire MLB organization, Minaya the 5th. This is sheer brilliance in my opinion. I think instead of saying in AA we trust it should be AA co. we trust! This is another potential sterling move by an impressing organization.

  • vieirar11

    @scottbarber Ah gotchya! See I thought he was the lad who drafted those guys. I see your point, if he came in and unloaded that type of talent, certainly does leave a bad taste. I can’t help but think the pressure to “contend now or else” mind frame was going on in Montreal when he took over. I just think that another experienced guy like Minaya can only help, in the end there are several other guys that make the final call. But ya those are some damn good names he let go,

  • scottbarber

    Minaya was with the Mets when Sizemore, Lee and Phillips were drafted. He came into Montreal and completely destroyed their farm system/ future.

    The point is, Minaya has consistently shown poor judgment in terms of player evaluation. I don’t think his record indicates that he would be a particularly effective scout with the Jays.

  • vieirar11

    @scottbarber Ah gotchya! See I thought he was the lad who drafted those guys. I see your point, if he came in and unloaded that type of talent, certainly does leave a bad taste. I can’t help but think the pressure to “contend now or else” mind frame was going on in Montreal when he took over. I just think that another experienced guy like Minaya can only help, in the end there are several other guys that make the final call. But ya those are some damn good names he let go,

  • scottbarber

    @vieirar11 You’re right though, in that the pressure Minaya was facing to make something happen in 2002 must’ve been immense. It was a terrible spot to be in, in terms of the ownership structure and the ridiculously low attendance numbers.

  • scottbarber

    @vieirar11 You’re right though, in that the pressure Minaya was facing to make something happen in 2002 must’ve been immense. It was a terrible spot to be in, in terms of the ownership structure and the ridiculously low attendance numbers.