In November, Andy Martino wrote this article for the Daily News, saying that Omar had received a job offer from Arizona and will discuss a potential opening with Alderson. About six weeks ago, Ian Begley wrote this, quoting Fred Wilpon as saying he personally wishes Minaya return to the organization in an advisory or scouting role, possibly in the international department. But that was six weeks ago. Has anyone heard anything new?
Wilpon echoes my sentiments, one which I have been saying since Omar was still officially a GM. Omar is without a doubt one of the best talent evaluators and scouts in recent Mets memory. While right now all we can “thank” him for is the Castillo and Perez contracts and the spectacular lack of foresight when signing old, injured players and not planning for the inevitable injuries, that’s all in the past. We’ll all have to wait a few years to see where his contributions really mattered – his drafts. Ike Davis had a rookie year that really excites Mets fans, and aside from Pelfrey, who’s now a veteran if you can believe it, there’s some very promising young arms on the horizon. Havens, Flores, Captain Kirk, Duda, I can go on. None of these prospects really project to be an elite or even MVP-caliber player, but it’s very possible the lack of top prospects in the Mets farm since Darryl and Doc have been the organization’s complete unwillingness to go over slot in the draft. But Alderson and Depodesta have a history of going over slot and Alderson has already been quoted as saying, in regards to the Mets, “I don’t think we can be left behind in that regard.” While this by no means guarantees anything, it’s obviously a decided advantage of not going over slot.
Omar had the business acumen of an over-ripe casaba melon, that much is painfully true, but what he can add to a scouting department can only be measured in talent, not in dollars. I hope the Mets make the right decision and offer him a role in scouting. Maybe they already have and are just waiting on Minaya’s answer. And if so, I hope Omar accepts the offer. I think he, Alderson and Depodesta would make a tremendous team.