It strikes me that a general manager that has overseen a team with a huge payroll that is only one slip-up away from a second colossal September collapse is not a guy that should have great job security. If that were true, Omar Minaya should be awfully worried right now. Luckily for him, the Mets must feel differently, because sources have indicated to ESPN that the Wilpons are giving their GM a four-year extension.
If tonight's scores hold (the Mets are winning, the Brewers and Phillies are losing as of this writing), the Mets will go into tomorrow 1 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the NL East and two games ahead of the Brewers for the wild card. A playoff spot is ince, but is it enough? With their bullpen as bad as it is, it's hard to take the seriously as contenders in the NL this year and it's likely that the only reason they'll make the playoffs at all is because of Milwaukee's massive collapse.
To get an idea of the kind of work Minaya's done with the Mets, check out their page at Cot's MLB Contracts. Their highest pald players are Johan Santana and Carlos Beltran. That's not bad work, but the guys right behind them are Carlos Delgado, Pedro Martinez, Moises Alou, and Orlando Hernandez. They're spending $54.5 million on those four players. Minaya's plan of attack with the Mets is to throw money at things and see if it works out. Apparently, that's good for a four-year extension. I'm in the wrong line of work.