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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.

Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day injured list with thumb sprain

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Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.

Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.

Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.

In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.