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.

Report: Mets aren’t likely to trade Noah Syndergaard for prospect package

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets aren’t looking for long-term investment pieces in a trade for right-hander Noah Syndergaard, per unnamed sources. Instead, any deal the club makes will likely center on players who can make a difference for them in 2019 as they attempt to rise from last year’s fourth-place finish in the NL East and make a run at the postseason.

The 26-year-old starter has been a fixture of the Mets’ rotation since he got his start in the majors in 2015. Despite missing nearly the entire 2017 season with a torn lat muscle in his throwing arm, he returned to pitch his third full season in 2018 with a winning 13-4 record in 25 starts, 3.03 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 9.0 SO/9 through 154 1/3 innings and finished the year with his first complete game shutout, to boot. After receiving a $2.975 million salary in 2018, he’s slated for another three years in arbitration before entering free agency in the 2022 season.

So far this offseason, the Padres have been the only team linked to the righty, though they didn’t come close to completing a trade when they first inquired about him back at the July deadline. If the Mets are serious about dealing Syndergaard, as Rosenthal seems to suggest, they could very well look at acquiring another couple of arms to round out their rotation. Assuming Syndergaard is moved this winter, the team will enter 2019 with right-handers Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler, lefties Jason Vargas and (the oft-injured) Steven Matz — and relatively little depth behind the four.