Padres hire former Mets general manager Omar Minaya

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UPDATE: Minaya’s official title is senior vice president of baseball operations, so he’ll be pretty high up on the food chain in San Diego.

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Omar Minaya, who was fired as Mets general manager in October of 2010, has been hired by the Padres and their new general manager Josh Byrnes, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

Minaya was paid more than $1 million by the Mets this year and is still owed similar money in 2012, and he unsuccessfully interviewed for the Angels’ general manager opening that ultimately went to Jerry Dipoto.

Minaya’s new gig coming the day after Heath Bell left San Diego is particularly interesting because he traded Bell to the Padres for Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins in 2006.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.