Jerry Manuel, Omar Minaya will not return to Mets in 2011

July 10, 2010 - Flushing, N.Y, United States of America - 10 July, 2010: New York Mets coach Jerry Manuel exits the dugouts during batting practice before MLB action as the Braves defeat the Mets 4-0 at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y.

In news that will surprise only newborn babies and people who have been trapped in an underground cave for the past 12 months, Jon Heyman of is reporting that Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel and GM Omar Minaya will not return to the club next season.

The Mets are planning to go outside the organization for the GM position and are thought to be considering several people, including former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn and former A’s GM Sandy Alderson. Rangers GM Jon Daniels, a Bayside, Queens product, could be an intriguing option as he has an “out” in his Texas contract, but the new Rangers ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg has made it clear they want to retain him. Respected assistant GM John Ricco is expected to stay in his current role, but is said by people to fully understand the intention to go outside the organization for the GM position following a second straight losing season. The Mets are 77-82, an improvement from their 70-92 mark a year ago, but not enough to satisfy the club-owning Wilpons. They have missed the playoffs four straight seasons.

According to Heyman, the Mets may retain Minaya as a scout, which may or may not be a good thing. If someone has a skill, teams would be wise to retain that skill. But assuming he is relieved of his general manager duties, how would that work with him taking a lesser role? It would be like Michael Scott losing his branch manager position at Dunder Mifflin and returning to sales. Sure it could work, but would that create the best environment for all parties involved?

I also doubt the new GM would want Minaya hanging around, so maybe the best thing for the Mets would be if he just moved on. It’s been a tumultuous few years in New York and everyone needs a fresh start.

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