Is Omar Minaya finally about to get the axe?

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Everybody is still up in arms with the way the Mets handled the thing with Carlos Beltran’s surgery, but the conventional wisdom — stoked by the fact that assistant GM John Ricco, and not Minaya, gave the team’s public comments on the matter — is that Omar Minaya is most responsible for the screwup, having told Beltran to go ahead with the surgery, but then falling back to some breach in protocol as an excuse for the team’s anger.

Now comes word from John Perrotto at Baseball Prospectus that Omar may be out the door:

One Mets source insists that the past week’s whole knee surgery saga with center fielder Carlos Beltran might be the “final straw” for GM Omar Minaya’s job security.

Maybe Omar knows this.  I mean, it certainly would explain the snail’s pace of the Bengie Molina negotiations.  “Can’t fire me while I still have this project!”

(link via Amazin’ Avenue)

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.