Things got ugly at the end of Omar Minaya’s tenure as the Mets’ general manager, but he’s still well-respected around the league and could be employed again as a front office executive before the start of the 2011 season.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Minaya has received “multiple” job offers in the last few weeks. And these are not mail room gigs.
“I have many offers for different positions, including a few as assistant general manager,” Minaya told Rojas, “but I’m in no hurry.”
Minaya is guaranteed an annual salary of $1.1 million in 2011 and 2012 as part of his leftover contract with the Mets and can take his time finding the best possible landing spot. He’s been courted so far by the Diamondbacks, who want to make him a special front office assistant, and Rojas says that he has a meeting scheduled with new Mets GM Sandy Alderson to see “how he could fit” with the reworked regime.
The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.
Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.
While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.