Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mets' Minaya and Manuel Will be fired

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The era of general manager Omar Minaya and the Mets could end early next week before the start of the postseason along with the days of Jerry Manuel as manager of the team, according to several U.S. media reported yesterday, including The New York Daily News and the website SI.com.

It is expected that the team made the announcement of two layoffs before the playoffs begin on Wednesday, wrote Jon Heyman of SI.com. Heyman said that for now the Mets have targeted not substitutes Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel.

When contacted yesterday by Enrique Rojas, ESPNdeportes.com, Minaya said he hoped to quiet the decision that the owners of the team, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, will.

"I'm OK," Minaya told ESPNdeportes.com on Friday in an e-mail. "I would be getting ready for the playoffs, but is not the case. When the season ends I will meet with the owners to know what to expect from me for the future," said Minaya.

Manuel has a contract option for next season will not be exercised by the Mets,

A team source told ESPNdeportes.com that the owners have not yet informed Minaya on his immediate future within the organization.

Minaya, 51, returned to the Mets executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager in the winter of 2004 after becoming the first Latin American to hold that position in the majors with the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) during the three previous seasons.

The Dominican, who earns a salary above $ 1 million a year, is under contract with the Mets unitl the 2012 season with club options for 2013 and 2014. The portion left on his contract is what increases the chances that Minaya is within the organization even if it were separate from the general manager.

Under the direction of Minaya, the Mets ended with positive record during four consecutive years and reached to play in the championship series of the National League in 2006 but plummeted to the point of falling below .500 in his first two seasons their new stadium, Citi Field, which cost about $ 800 million.

The Mets, who paid $ 134.4 million in wages to their players, the fifth most expensive payroll in baseball, failed to reach the postseason for the fourth consecutive year. The Queens team closes the season at home with a weekend series against Washington.


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