Now that Willie Randolph is gone and Jerry Manuel is all but guaranteed to be the Mets manager for the rest of the 2008 season, the Mets success or failure will fall squarely on Omar Minaya. The Mets GM has had his share of up’s and down’s since he got here in 2005. There are some differing schools of thought on this topic. Some think that the Wilpons won’t get rid of him no matter how the 2008 version of the Mets performs. And others differ.
Jim Molony of MLB.com wrote a column today and completely agrees with me that 2008 may be Minaya’s final stand with the Mets. The Wilpons have allowed Minaya to assemble a team prepared to win now with a nine-figure payroll. The onus is on them to do what their charge is: to win now.
Molony runs through the litany of bad trades and free agent signings that Minaya has made and there have been quite a few. But what’s more telling is the industry opinion of Minaya’s team:
"They’ve relied too much on old players and it’s cost them," a veteran NL scout said. "They’ve had a lot of injuries, sure, but that’s what happens when you have a lot of older players."
As we’re writing Willie Randolph’s Mets eulogy this week, maybe we should start working on Minaya’s as well.