'Joe & Evan': Mets Should Rehire Omar Minaya As General Manager

Joe & Evan
October 16, 2018 - 12:25 pm
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By WFAN.com

Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts had an interesting suggestion Tuesday for the Mets' general manager search -- Omar Minaya.

The endorsement came during a segment in which the WFAN midday hosts, both of whom are Mets fans, voiced their frustration about the search to replace Sandy Alderson. Former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, Twins GM Thad Levine and Indians GM Mike Chernoff are among the potential candidates who have reportedly told the team they're not interested in the job.

"It's a disaster," Benigno said. "I mean, you talk about dysfunction. Bro! Nobody wants to work for them, let's be honest."

Benigno and Roberts are concerned that the Mets may be limiting their candidate pool by insisting that the new GM retain Minaya and two other executives as well as manager Mickey Callaway.

"The truth is I don't have faith in anybody because of the way the organization is going to be structured and run," Roberts said. "I would have more faith in Sandy Alderson still being here. And that's why whenever we talked about replacing Sandy -- 'Sandy's got to go' -- the one thing I would always say is: 'That's fine, but (Chief Operating Officer) Jeff Wilpon is going to hire the replacement. Do you trust Jeff Wilpon to hire the replacement?'

"At this point, just hire Omar," Roberts added. 

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"I'm with you a hundred percent," Benigno said. "Forget (John) Ricco, forget (J.P.) Ricciardi. Give Omar the job. We know Omar can do the job and do a solid job. We know all the guys he brought here. We know what he did. Give Omar the job."

Minaya, who is not thought to be in the running for the position, served as the Mets' general manager from 2005-10, which included a 2006 run to the NLCS. He was brought back to the organization after the 2016 season to serve as a special assistant to the GM and, along with assistant general manager Ricco and special assistant to the GM Ricciardi, filled in for Alderson after the general manager went on medical leave in June to focus on his fight with cancer.

The Mets are in the second week of their search. The candidates reportedly include Rays executive Chaim Bloom, Cardinals exec Gary LaRocque, former Brewers GM Doug Melvin, MLB exec Kim Ng, Nationals special assistant De Jon Watson and perhaps also agent Brodie Van Wagenen.