A recent report by Erik Boland of Newsday suggests that San Diego Padres Senior Vice President, Omar Minaya could be leaving the team to head back to New York, this time to work for the New York Yankees and GM Brian Cashman. Minaya, the former GM of both the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets, is well respected for his ability to build top-notch farm systems. According to the report, could be in line to replace the recently retired Mark Newman, the long time director of operations for a Yankees farm system that has underperformed for the better part of a decade.
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However, a conflicting report from Andy Martino of the NY Daily News states that a source told him that if Minaya was brought to the Bronx, it wouldn’t be to replace Newman, but rather in a senior advisory role or a scouting position. Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman has brought previously unemployed ex-GMs on board to the Bronx before, including Jim Hendry of the Cubs, and Kevin Towers prior to his assuming the GM’s job in Arizona.
Minaya came to the Padres in December of 2011, and had worked with former Padres’ GM Josh Byrnes. He along with newly-hired Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman ran the day-to-day operations for the Padres until A.J. Preller was hired as the team’s new GM during the first week of August. If Minaya departed, he would mark another in a long line of Padres’ personnel who have chosen to leave since Preller’s hiring.