Omar Minaya will receive a four-year extension to continue as general manager of
the New York Mets, sources said on Tuesday. The deal is all but done, but it is
not known when the extension will be formally announced.
The Wilpons are aware that the Mets stand a decent chance of cratering for the second year in a row, right? That if they do, the fans are going to freakin' plotz? That they'll demand someone's head, and that head might very well be Omar's?
This is not to suggest that Minaya is responsible for the collapses or that he shouldn't necessarily be extended (like every GM, Omar has made some good moves and some bad ones, and I can't say at the moment whether it tips decidedly in one direction or the other). But this timing strikes me as profoundly tone deaf with respect to the fan base. Mets' fans are a little distracted and disturbed at the moment, and to throw this out there now sends a business-as-usual signal that, even if arguably wise for some business reason, is extremely unlikely to be appreciated.