Omar Minaya, deposed as general manager following the 2010 season, might be able to find a role with the New York Mets working under his replacement, Sandy Alderson.
"He and I have been friends for a long time," Alderson said of Minaya on Friday. "I have great respect for him as a baseball person. There’s always room for somebody with his capabilities."
Apparently, the two will sit down after the New Year and discuss whether or not Minaya can work comfortably for Alderson, and whether there is a role for him within the Mets organization. It would be an unusual situation for sure, but the Mets apparently have to pay Minaya for the next two seasons so if they can find a role for, why not?
-- The Mets are on the list of teams being considered by free-agent starting pitcher Jeff Francis. A left-hander, Francis won 17 games for Colorado in 2007, but has won just four in each of the past two seasons, going a combined 8-16. He underwent shoulder surgery in 2009.
-- The Mets have apparently also inquired about Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, who could be a low budget option for their rotation. Gorzelanny went 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA last season