This time next week, Mets GM Omar Minaya will be in Indianapolis, working the room to make a deal. The flip side is also true, agents and GMs trying to work Minaya.
And, several have been successful in doing so.
Minaya has had an interesting tenure with the Mets, making some good and bad decisions. I’m interested in your opinion of the worst Minaya deals.
Here are some of the nominations:
OLIVER PEREZ: Re-signing lefty Oliver Perez last winter to a three-year, $36-million contract could go down as one of the worst deals in Mets history.
LUIS CASTILLO: Re-signing second baseman Luis Castillo to a four-year, $24-million deal after the 2007 season. Castillo redeemed his miserable 2008 season with a good year in 2009, but signing him meant the Mets couldn’t go after Orlando Hudson or any other viable second baseman. Two more years.
MOISES ALOU: After playing in just 87 games in 2007, the Mets picked up outfielder Moises Alou’s $7.5 million option. Injuries to the 41-year-old Alou limited him to 15 games the following season. Of course, it wasn’t a great idea to have the option in there in the first place.
SCOTT SCHOENEWEIS: After being a stalwart in the 2006 bullpen, Chad Bradford sought a three-year contract. OK, maybe Bradford wouldn’t have panned out, but lefty Scott Schoeneweis getting a three-year, $10.8-million deal wasn’t the answer, either.
DARREN OLIVER: The Mets reached the playoffs in 2006 in large part to their bullpen, and lefty long-man Darren Oliver played a substantial role. Oliver signed with the Angels for $1.75 million, paltry by today’s standards.
GUILLERMO MOTA: Unbelievably, reliever Guillermo Mota got a two-year, $5-million deal following the 2006 season AFTER testing positive for steroids.
BRIAN BANNISTER: Perhaps Brian Bannister wouldn’t have been more than a fifth starter for the Mets, but dealing him for Ambiorix Burgos after the 2006 season was horrid. Burgos gave nothing to the Mets, and then killed two women in a hit-and-run accident. This after beating up his girlfriend. Bannister might have prevented the parade of fifth-starter options that included Livan Hernandez, Tim Redding and a cast of thousands.
ORLANDO HERNANDEZ: The Ancient One got a two-year deal after the 2006 season. Oh yeah, he was hurt for the 2006 playoffs?
BAD BULLPEN DEALS: Within a span of a week after the 2006 season, the Mets sent relievers Heath Bell and Royce Ring to San Diego for outfielder Ben Johnson and pitcher Jon Adkins. Five days later, Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens were sent to Florida for Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick.
XAVIER NADY: After Duaner Sanchez’s auto accident injury in July 2006, Minaya acted quickly and sent outfielder Xavier Nady to Pittsburgh for reliever Robert Hernandez and Perez. To be fair, Perez did win 15 games for the Mets one season, but it wasn’t comfortable and he’s been awful since.
JULIO FRANCO: Unbelievably, somebody older than El Duque got a two-year, $2.2 million contract in the winter of 2005. Franco was semi-productive after his first year, but there is no way he should have gotten two.
I’m sure I might have missed some, but you guys are good at filling in the blanks. But, which one just still makes you shake your head?