Today you can read all about Omar’s new long-term deal, that Carlos Delgado will at least have his option picked up, that Jeff Wilpon suspects there’s a winning intangible missing from this group and that the discussions with Jerry Manuel are continuing.
There’s also a to-do list for Minaya and top 5 lists of his best and worst moves. I put Pedro on both lists. Any one best or worst immediately come to your mind? I put Santana No. 1 best and Castillo No. 1 worst.
The Mets made just an initial two-year offer to Manuel, which, even if I had a late-September smudge on my resume, I wouldn’t be thrilled with if I were him. I’d want three, especially going 55-38 after taking over for Willie Randolph. Both sides have professed a desire for the marriage to continue, so we’ll see if they can quickly find a compromise.
Bobby V told 1050 he’s interested in the job. Don’t you think that ship has sailed? Move forward, not back. Newsday threw some possible names out there as an alternative list in case the Manuel talks reached an impasse—V, Rudy Jaramillo, Larry Bowa and Manny Acta. Jaramillo is proven as a hitting coach, not a manager. Bowa’s hard-driving style got old in Philly. And we suspect Acta would be pretty good with a good team, but he still has a deal with the Nats.
Manuel would seem to be the right guy at this time, especially since he already commands the respect of the players, has proven to be a good communicator, did his best to try to win with what he had and can handle the media part. Want him back?