New York Mets' Omar Minaya Needs an Intervention

Ira LiemanContributor IMay 16, 2009

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) General Manager Omar Minaya, Manager Jerry Manuel, Francisco Rodriquez and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon of the New York Mets pose for a photo during a press conference to introduce Rodriquez on December 17, 2008 at the Citigroup Building in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Willie Randolph needed to go.

Omar Minaya said so, during a West Coast trip at 3:15 am in New York. 

The Mets promoted Jerry Manuel to interim manager from his position as bench coach after 59 games in the 2008 season, to extract whatever success he could from a flagging team. Although the Mets suffered their yearly collapse and finished second to the Phillies, the poor start they had under Willie Randolph was the deciding factor.

So, Manuel became the "permanent" manager before this season.

The Mets started the year with a clear depth chart, but true to the sport there have been unavoidable injuries, defensive lapses, and difficult slumps. 

And lots of puzzling and avoidable goofs from the front office. 
Nelson Figueroa has been brought up to make a spot start, pitched well, then was released, became a free agent, re-signed, and is now back on the major league team for another start.
Darren O'Day looked good as a Rule V selection from the Angels. He was released to bring up Nelson Figueroa and immediately signed with the Texas Rangers, where he is still pitching quite well. 
Carlos Delgado is 37 years old. He's had hip problems. He hasn't played in 8 of the last 9 games. Yet he has not yet been placed on the Disabled List to give the team flexibility. 
And we haven't even gotten to the way Oliver Perez's $12 million guarantee has impacted the team. Or Tim Redding's $2 million. Or Luis Castillo's $6 million. 

Managers are paid to make in-game decisions and mitigate the impact of a team that needs a boost. Manuel may tend to overmanage (the way Daniel Murphy is being handled stands out).

General Managers are paid for their ability to acquire players and make moves that allow the manager to do what he needs to to get the most success out of the team. Minaya is not making it easy for Manuel to do his job. And he's signed for three more years after this one.

Surely Omar Minaya and his staff have their reasons for the moves they make, but most of them defy common logic. If the Mets do not achieve success in 2009, Minaya needs to bear the brunt of that blame.