Sources: Mets GM gets vote of confidence, 4-year extension
Updated: September 24, 2008, 12:51 PM ETBy Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine
Omar Minaya will receive a four-year extension to continue as general manager of the New York Mets, sources said on Tuesday. The deal is all but done, but it is not known when the extension will be formally announced.Minaya took over as the Mets' GM after the 2004 season and guided the team back into contention. The Mets made the playoffs in 2006, keyed largely by players acquired by Minaya, and led the NL East for much of 2007 before collapsing late in September. The Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Tuesday night and lead the National League wild-card race by one game. Minaya, 49, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. He skirted the issue after Tuesday's game, saying only that he would talk to Jeff Wilpon, the club's chief operating officer, about his contract after the season. "I have a very good relationship with Jeff and I think that he enjoys working with me," Minaya said. "We'll sit down and talk." Minaya, 49, grew up in a Dominican family in Queens, where his mother worked in a plastics factory. His father worked on the Brooklyn docks. After a brief and undistinguished professional playing career in the minor leagues, he worked for the Texas Rangers from 1985 to '95, then was hired by the Mets two years later as an assistant general manager. He was promoted to senior assistant GM in 1998, then in 2002 was hired by the commissioner's office as Montreal's general manager. Buster Olney covers baseball for ESPN The Magazine. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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