(The source material from this piece is from http://armchairgm.wikia.com/Omar_Minaya )
Today’s post is a little different. Rather than the usual pontification, I invite you to comment on how you think Omar’s done as a GM:
November 30, 2004: Re-signed Kris Benson to a three year, $22.5 million deal, plus $7.5 million club option.
I know most Mets fans hated Benson. I didn’t.
December 17, 2004: Signed free agent pitcher Pedro Martinez to a four year, $53 million deal
I’ve blogged a million times about this. After June 6, 2006 Pedro was useless.
January 13, 2005: Signed free agent centerfielder Carlos Beltran to a seven year, $119 million deal
Wow I didn’t realize how long this dude’s going to be in CF. Too bad he’s not quite what he seemed.
June 7, 2005: Selected Mike Pelfrey with the 9th overall pick in the amateur free agent draft
If Pelfrey is the Pelfrey we saw flashes of last year this might be one of the best moves.
November 18, 2005: Traded outfielder Mike Cameron to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Xavier Nady
I liked Nady. Yankee fans should appreciate what they have.
November 24, 2005: Traded first baseman Mike Jacobs and pitchers Yusmeiro Petit and Grant Psomas to the Florida Marlins for Carlos Delgado and cash.
Why keep a home grown player when you can get a guy everyone wanted to run out of town last May.
November 29, 2005: Signed free agent pitcher Billy Wagner to a four year, $43 million deal, plus an $8 clup option
Good. Injuries happen.
January 22, 2006: Traded pitcher Kris Benson to the Baltimore Orioles for pitchers Jorge Julio and John Maine
Benson for Maine. If you don’t know that worked out great you’re on the wrong blog.
July 31, 2006: Traded outfielder for Xavier Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez
Gotta admit, Ollie was a big pickup.
Now the wheels come off.
November 15, 2006: Traded pitchers Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson
November 20, 2006: Traded pitchers Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom to the Florida Marlins for Adam Bostick and Jason Vargas
November 21, 2006: Signed free agent outfielder Moises Alou
December 6, 2006: Traded pitcher Brian Bannister to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Ambiorix Burgos
December 7, 2006: Re-signed pitcher Guillermo Mota to a two year, $5 million deal.
January 16, 2007: Signed free agent pitcher Scott Schoeneweis three year, $10.8 million contract
July 30, 2007: Traded minor leaguers Drew Butera and Dustin Martin to the Minnesota Twins for Luis Castillo
November 20, 2007: Traded pitcher Guillermo Mota to the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher Johnny Estrada
There’s an awful lot of “Who’s that?” in there. I wouldn’t mind having held on to Bannister.
November 30, 2007: Traded outfielder Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for outfielder Ryan Church and catcher Brian Schneider
Milledge for a stale donut would have been a great trade.
January 29, 2008: Traded outfielder Carlos Gomez, pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra to the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Johan Santana.
Best move of them all.
Overall – he’s been OK. Some good guesswork, some bad ideas.
I think Omar’s occasional luck of a grabbing a pitcher like Perez makes him cocky – and we wind up with some longshots rather than acuring known good players. The Mets act like they are a small market team sometimes. The problem here is that nothing changes. Same management structure upstairs, what makes them think anything will change. Omar had his shots. It didn’t work. Let’s try someone else.