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.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.