The Mets are setting the stage to fire Omar Minaya

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It may not happen right now, but according to Jon Heyman’s sources, the Mets are putting people in place with the intention of ensuring a smooth transition in the event Minaya is fired early in the 2010 season. Indeed, the source refers to it as “setting the stage” for his firing. 

The moves: going out of their way to retain Sandy Johnson, their VP of scouting who had told everyone he was retiring and being on the lookout for another high level executive to “support” Minaya this offseason.  Sure, it’s always smart for a team to look for front office talent, but if Minaya was safe, wouldn’t he be the one hiring his alleged underlings?

The bigger question: can Mets fans wait until the spring of 2010 for Omar to be gone?

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.