Wilpon says Minaya will be back in 2010

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In attendance for Saturday’s tribute to the 1969 “Miracle Mets,” owner Fred Wilpon told the New York Post that Omar Minaya would indeed be returning next season:



“Am I going to bring Omar back next year?” Wilpon said. “Absolutely. That’s a fact.”



Already approaching lame-duck status
before his contract extension even kicks in, the Mets are on the hook
with Minaya through 2012. Joel Sherman of the New York Post
cites the Wilpon’s financial situation as a significant factor in keeping Minaya around :



A Mets official told me recently that the problem with dismissing
Minaya was not just eating a three-year extension that does not even
kick in until next season, but also eating all of the money for an
entire front-office staff. I assume that probably amounts to $12
million over three years to account for both the outgoing and incoming
staff. That the Mets are unwilling to do that says something about how
they will approach augmenting an incomplete roster for 2010.




And what about Jerry Manuel? Well, Minaya said his job is safe too:



“Jerry is my guy,” Minaya said. “We work well together.”



You know, just to kill any optimism that Mets fans had left.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.