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.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.