If you needed any more evidence on why Omar Minaya needs to be relieved of his duties as VP/GM of the New York Mets, look no further than the Gary SheffieldÂ situation from yesterday and I guess I see what most of you anti-Omar guys have seen, he hasnâ€™t a clue on how to run a baseball team. Minaya may be a very good talent evaluator but as an executive and a spokesman for the flagship team of the National League is a big failure.
The knee jerk reaction from fans is that Sheff is an ingrate and should kiss the ground that $iti Field was built on that the Mets took him in but the reality is both sides needed each other.
Sure Sheffield, no matter what, was going to paid $14 mil bucks whether he played baseball this season or watched on TV from a hammock at his Tampa estate but take into consideration that Sheff is a border line Hall of Famer and one of the top players of his era and as much as cashing checks would soothe the hurt of being dumped by the Tigers it was still an embarrassment to be told â€œwe will pay you NOT to playâ€ Not only was his pride and ego bruised he was told â€œyou stink, get lostâ€
Now along come the Mets who sign Sheffield to a bargain price of $440K and most fans thought â€œoh shit, here he comes the malcontent heâ€™s going to mess the chemistry of the teamâ€ and all he did was be the consummate pro. He played through hurting legs when the team was short of sluggers he went out and played a better than average left field. Sheffield produced more than anyone could have hope for. So with the Mets clearly out of contention the logical move would be to put him on waivers, see who bites and if someone does,
make a deal. General Managing 101. Minaya got two bites, the Giants and allegedly the Marlins. The Giants were ready to deal but if the reports are true Minaya asked for a top prospect for Sheff. Now we donâ€™t know who he asked Brian Sabean for but Omar could not a cajones to ask for LHP Madison Bumgrner or C Buster Poesy but I would think any prospect would be fine return for Sheff plus youâ€™d be rewarding Sheffield for his service when it was needed the most by the Mets.
But of course, Omar couldnâ€™t get it done. It seems that sums up the last three years of Omarâ€™s reign as GM â€œCouldnâ€™t get it doneâ€ Itâ€™s a lot easier to throw millions of dollars at players even fans with a rudimentary knowledge of baseball know who the super stars are but it takes a real savvy GM to deal off the Gary Sheffieldâ€™s and bring back a youngster with upside.
Hopefully Minaya wonâ€™t screw over Billy Wagner now that Wags has proven to the baseball world he is of sound elbow and body. Wagnerâ€™s hard work should be rewarded and not wasted in this embarrassing organization.