FatGuyWithAMullet wrote:Omar is at his best in the scouting department. He is not FO material. The trade Jim Duquette made for Richard Hidalgo back in May impressed me more than anything Omar has ever done.
So what? Omar's record isn't spotty, it's almost non-existent. He was an assistant with the Mets and nothing more than Selig's figurehead in Montreal.
Nobody has any idea of how good of a GM he'll be. We hope for the best but to say he is not front-office material is ludicrous. He obviously did a good enough job in the Mets' front office to warrant MLB hiring him for the Montreal job.
It's a safe bet that he can't do any worse than Steve Phillips or that knuckledhead Ed Wade.
Minaya was terrible as the Expos GM. He showed a complete and total disregard for prospects, preferring instead to acquire as many mediocre veteran players that he had heard of ( Sound familiar? ). As a result, he tended to completely undervalue prospects, giving them away for far below their market value. The first
Colon trade is an example of this; the same principle was evident in the second
Colon trade, where Minaya insisted on getting established major leaguers in return for Colon, and ending up with Rocky Biddle
and Jeff Liefer instead of getting real
talent, and it was also obvious in a trade you might remember Amazinz, when Minaya acquired Lou Collier for Jason Bay.
All that aside, I began to respect Minaya after I read this quote -
"I don't talk about on-base percentage. I'm old school. I'm not a stat guy. I'm a talent evaluator. The guys who taught me the game of baseball never talked about on-base percentage. Give me talent and I'll give you on-base percentage." --Omar Minaya