Minaya stays with his offseason plan and gives a meaningless 2yr deal to Endy Chavez

January 22, 2008 at 11:28 am 15 comments

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If you couldn’t tell from the headline I think Minaya is doing an awful job this offseason. According to the AP, OF Endy Chavez and the New York Mets have agreed to a $3.85 million, two-year contract. What in the world is Omar Minaya thinking?!

It’s hard for me to believe that I once thought Minaya was going to be the next great GM. The job he did in Montreal was incredible. I always said that with some money he would do a great job. Well, I think I might be wrong.

This offseason has proven to me that Minaya just spends money to spend it. Why go get Endy Chavez and give him a 2 year deal when you already have Carlos Beltran, Moises Alou, Ryan Church, Marlon Anderson, Carlos Gomez (who should be the 4th OF), and Angel Pagan (who is a faster version of Chavez)? That gives Minaya 6 outfielders. He can’t hold on to all of them. Maybe this move is for insurance because he knows he’s dealing Gomez and prospect Fernando Martinez for Johna Santana. Or maybe it’s because he just likes to spend on below average players.

This comes after he trades Lastings Milledge for a 3rd/4th outfielder in Church and a catcher that is below average (Brian Schnieder). He signs Luis Castillo to a ridiculous deal when he should have given the job to a one year player and gone after Orlando Hudson in the offseason. He trades a middle releiver for a catcher that he cuts later (maybe it was to get rid of the contract but last I checked Minaya didn’t have a problem giving money away and relievers are hard to find). And that’s just this offseason. He has made no significant moves to help this team get passed the Phillies or even hold off the Braves.

Minaya has fallen out of favor for me. Until he starts making good deals he is a mediocre GM in my eyes.

Here is a breakdown of the deal:

Chavez, who made $1,725,000 last year, gets $1.8 million this season and $2.05 million in 2009. He can make an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses this year and $375,000 in 2009.

His deal calls for bonuses this year of $25,000 for 100 games, $50,000 each for 110, 120 and 130 games, and $25,000 each for 350, 375 and 400 plate appearances.

In 2009, he would make $50,000 for 100 games, $75,000 each for 110, 120 and 130 games and $25,000 each for 325, 350, 375 and 400 plate appearances.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
some info taken from The Associated Press

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  • 1. Erik  |  January 22, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I think I’m going to be sick… as a Mets fan I find this difficult to swallow… Didn’t the Mets get Angel Pagan for exactly this role? I think now it is IMPERATIVE he get Santana and sign him long term! Chavez is a nice player don’t get me wrong but WTF OMAR!

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    I agree Erik. I’m also glad to see there is a realistic Mets fan that sees things for what they are. Chavez is a 5th OFer and Pagan is just that at a way cheaper price. The Mets have to get Santana but at what cost? Do they give up 5 prospects including F-Mart?

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  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  January 22, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Pagan is really an underrated player. He played extremely well for the Cubs off the bench. He’s like Chavez but faster and has more pop, and probably a better defender too!

    Way too many outfielders!

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  • 4. erik  |  January 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Mets have no pitching but they have 7 outfielders. Hmm… Moises Alou, Beltran, Church (most likely the starters) with Gomez until he is traded, Pagan, Chavez and Marlon Anderson plays more OF now than 2nd.

    As far as I am concerned I think the Greatest move Minaya has made this offseason to date is signing Matt Wise. The rest of his moves have made me think the division is the Phillies to lose. They need Santana more than any other team. Pedro can’t go more than 6, Oliver Perez is very erratic, John Maine is probably the best pitcher right now on the Mets but he has only 1 good year under his belt, Pelfrey has only played pro ball for 2 years and well last year was a disaster. Glavine went to the Braves. They NEED SANTANA! Even if they trade Martinez and mortgage the farm they need Santana. Is Santana worth that price of 5 top prospects… Well it probably won’t cost that much. The Yankees pulling Hughes and the Redsox dropping their offers to lesser things Bill Smith’s hands are tied he won’t get equal value… Will he get Martinez maybe… but what else he gets will be less than what he wanted.

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  • 5. erik  |  January 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    The Twins have reportedly spoken to the Mets, Red Sox and Yankees about Johan Santana in recent days.
    The Star Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal III believes the Twins have stepped up their efforts to make a deal with one of the teams before camp opens. While there’s been plenty of talk lately about the Mets as the favorite, all indications are that they remain unwilling to part with both Fernando Martinez and Carlos Gomez along with three pitchers. Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune Jan. 23 – 1:33 pm et

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 23, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I hope Minaya does the right thing. I really thought he was a better GM than this. He has gotten himself into a bit of a mess with his lack of pitching throughout the organization.

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  • 7. erik  |  January 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    consider the GM before Minaya dealt Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano… He is going to live with it if all his prospects turn into Great Players. But he is in NY and if it is a Win NOW mentality you have to spend in order to keep the fan base. Mets tried small market it didn’t work… they must spend!

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  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Then they should spend, but spend wisely. Trading 5 of your top 8-10 prospects for a player with one year on his contract is still ridiculous. You can have all the money but it won’t win you anything (ask the Yankees). Talent has to be homegrown with a mixture of good free agent signings. The Red Sox figured it out. Minay knew this when he was in Montreal. He has too much money in aging players. He needs to hold onto F-Mart and try to make this deal without giving him up. Remember, C.C Sabathia could hit the market next offseason and might be a better bet than Santana. Santana’s dip velo at the end of the season worries some scouts.

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  • 9. erik  |  January 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Regardless Mets can’t wait for Sabathia in 2009 when 2008 is almost upon them.

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  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 23, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    But you can’t give your 2009 away to get Santana. He may get injured. The Mets also need more than one starter. Santana is not going to get them to the World Series alone.

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  • 11. Erik  |  January 24, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I am aware of that, You are aware of that, but MINAYA seems to think by mortgaging the future the “1” pitcher that can get you to the WS is Santana… and he is talented enough when healthy that his impact of once every five is enough to help get them to the Playoffs. If you scrolled up to read I mentioned they had no pitching other than maybe John Maine.

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  • 12. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 24, 2008 at 8:08 am

    That’s my whole point though. Minaya was good enough to keep a good farm system and contend with the Expos for a year or two on one of the worst payrolls in the game. He shouldn’t even be in this mess where we are discussing him dealing the farm for one year of a starting pitcher.

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  • 13. Danno  |  January 29, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I agree that Minaya has pretty much butchered the roster this off-season, but I’m not seeing a problem with this resigning of Endy. I’m not sure why so many are so high on Gomez, based on his 125 at-bat 2HR 12RBI .232 season with the Mets. This guy was never one of their top prospects. Marlon Anderson is a PH and occasional infielder, but do you want him playing LF with the game on the line? Chavez is their second best defensive outfielder. I think the signing was justifiable.
    As for Minaya, I’ve been ripping him on my website the entire off season. I don’t know what his game plan is.
    Just my two cents…keep up the great work!

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  • 14. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 29, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    What is your site Danno?

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  • 15. Danno  |  January 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    supremesportsjustice.com
    Boy…you’ll probably really disagree with my take on things…ha ha. Thanks!

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