This bit of news will draw a grin from Mets fans.
Via Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have added former Expos and Mets GM Omar Minaya to the list of candidates set to interview for the club’s opening at general manager.
The job was made vacant at the end of the regular season when Tony Reagins was forced to resign.
Minaya, 52, served as the Expos’ GM from 2002-2004, just before their move to Washington, D.C. He then took over the same post for the Mets and remained in that role from 2005-2010.
Minaya enjoyed a good amount of success early in his tenure with New York, but things turned ugly quickly at the end and the Mets basically flipped over their entire front office once he was finally canned.
The Angels have also courted Rays executive Andrew Friedman, White Sox vice president Rick Hahn, former Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng, Diamondbacks vice president Jerry DiPoto, and Yankees executives Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer. It’s an impressive list of candidates, of which there currently is no favorite.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there hasn’t been much in the way of progress on a contract extension between the two sides. It seems as if Machado will test the open market next offseason.
The Phillies, currently with relatively minuscule obligations for the 2018 season and beyond, are expected to be big players for Machado, as well as other potential free agents like Bryce Harper. In fact, the Phillies may not even want to wait until next offseason, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the club has expressed interest in Machado to the Orioles. In return, the O’s have been doing their homework on the Phillies’ minor league system.
Kubatko notes that the Orioles like, in particular, Phillies prospects Sixto Sanchez and Scott Kingery. The Phillies may be hesitant to part with either considering they can get Machado for a lot of cash but no prospects next winter. MLB Pipeline rates Sanchez as the Phillies’ best pitching prospect and the second-best prospect overall in the system. Kingery is third overall and the top infielder. While the Phillies’ system is among the best in baseball, its notable weakness is pitching, so parting with Sanchez — who throws in the upper 90’s and can hit triple digits — would be a big ask. Kingery is seen as the club’s next second baseman of the future, so much so that the Phillies are shopping Cesar Hernandez at the Winter Meetings.
As usual with rumors during the Winter Meetings, there may be some smoke but no actual fire here. The Orioles are likely to get continued interest in Machado from many teams between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They are simply doing their due diligence by seeing what the Phillies and others have to offer for Machado.