Source: Sox could bring on Minaya to baseball ops staff

Source: Sox could bring on Minaya to baseball ops staff
November 17, 2011, 6:48 am
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With the Red Sox considering changes in baseball operations, including in international scouting, is it possible Omar Minaya could be added to the staff? According to a source, the Sox may be interested in Minaya for a position in the organization.

It would appear Minaya could be a logical choice. A native of the Dominican Republic, he became the first Hispanic general manager when he was appointed to that position by the Expos in 2002. Prior to that he was in charge of international scouting with the Rangers and Mets.

Minaya was appointed GM of the Mets on Sept. 30, 2004, a position he held until the end of the 2010 season, when he was let go with two years remaining on his contract. He was not with a team in 2011, and still has one year remaining on his Mets contract, which would not affect the Sox ability to hire him. If he were to join the Sox, the money owed him by the Mets would be reduced by the amount of his Sox salary for 2012.

Hes a versatile experienced baseball man, said one major league executive. He can scout and knows Latin America. Hes a good evaluator with good people skills and a creative mind. Hes not afraid to think outside the box. Hes aggressive. He likes players.

Minaya was selected as an outfielder in the 14th round of the 1978 draft by the As out of Newtown High School in Elmhurst, NY. He played one season in the Oakland system and another in Seattles, and also played in Italy. In 1985, when his playing days were done, he began scouting for the Rangers in the Dominican Republic.