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Omar Minaya to be Brodie Van Wagenen’s top advisor with Mets

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There’s some good old fashion royal court drama afoot with the New York Mets.

As everyone knows, sports agent Brodie Van Wagenen is the new general manager, replacing Sandy Alderson. For several years, John Ricco has been the Mets assistant general manager and in recent years former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi has been a top assistant as well. Neither of those two were finalists for the Mets GM job.

Also not a finalist for the job was Omar Minaya. Minaya, you recall, was the Mets’ general manager himself from 2005-2010. He rejoined the organization last season as a special assistant. After Sandy Alderson stepped down, he, Ricco and Ricciardi served as co-GMs for all practical purposes.

Stepping over all of them to hire Van Wagenen was likely to cause them to reevaluate their professional futures as it was, but now it seems like there is even more reason for Ricco and Riccardi to do so:

As Andy Martino reports, Ricco was already strongly considering leaving the organization once a new GM was hired. Given that he is now, effectively, being stepped over for even the second spot on the org chart in favor of a guy who was fired by the team several years ago would seem to make that all but certain. At the very least it renders the Mets’ brass’ desire to see him remain in place rather ridiculous. I mean, what are they possibly offering him to stay other than a diminished role?

I’m not suggesting Minaya is not worth holding on to. While his shortcomings as the Mets’ GM were well-documented, it’s quite possible that he’ll do well in a supporting role, especially given Van Wagenen’s inexperience. But I do wonder if, as everyone always says whenever his name is mentioned, Ricco is well-respected and valuable, why the Mets decision makers seem so committed to pushing him out the door.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.