OK, we just had our telephone conference call with Omar Minaya and Jeff Wilpon. Get used to seeing Minaya around for a lot longer. His extension is for three years on top of the 2009 season, plus there are team options for 2013 and 2014.
“Omar is our guy,” Wilpon said.
Minaya is focused on getting Manuel under contract, discussions/negotiations continue. The Mets reportedly first offered two years. Maybe that was just a negotiating tactic because you would think three years would be the standard.
Also, Minaya indicated that Carlos Delgado’s $12 million option will indeed be picked up, no surprise with a $4 million buyout. That, of course, doesn’t preclude the Mets from making a deal with him once they do. Minaya was asked if he might be open to dealing one of the big three, Wright, Reyes, Beltran, to solve multiple problems. He said he has to keep an open mind right now, but that he does think they’re winning players.
Minaya said he would have to factor into any acquisition how a player would handle the pressure of New York. Wilpon said these two collapses only fuel the suspicion that this group is lacking some intangibles to get it done here.
It wouldn’t be the most shocking thing if they moved Delgado at 36. But could you as a fan swallow them dealing Wright, Reyes or Beltran?