Author: Will Sommer
This is my exclusive interview with Omar Minaya the Mets general manager, which took place in his Tradition Field office. If I say so myself this is a must read.
Will Sommer: What are the worst/best acquisitions you have made in your career as GM?
Omar Minaya: The one I regret the most is not protecting catcher Jesus Flores from the Rule V draft. That one is all on me. Pedro put the Mets on the map but my best acquisition was Carlos Beltran. He is a gold glover and brought much needed offense to the team. Beltran also brought the Mets another all star and attracted more fans.
One move that needed to be made was when I was the Expos GM and traded Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips for Bartolo Colon. Even though those guys are now all stars, the Expos did play meaningful games that September.
Sommer: Are you concerned at all about Daniel Murphy and his fielding liabilities?
Minaya: I am not concerned at all about Daniel Murphy. He’s not a gold glover, but I expect a stellar season from him.
Sommer: Whatever happened to Nathan Vineyard?
Minaya: Nathan Vineyard had shoulder surgery and has been dealing with personal problems. We hope he does come back.
Sommer: Who were your role models that helped you get to where you are today?
Minaya: I had a lot of role models, from scouts to GM’s. Doug Melvin is one that stands out.
Just to let everybody know Omar Minaya is extremely nice. He lets as many people as ask take pics with him after games. He is nothing like other GM's we hear about who are rude to their fans.