Padres News: Omar Minaya Leaves Team, Joins MLBPA


San Diego Padres Senior Vice President and former GM of the New York Mets and Montreal Expos, Omar Minaya, has chosen to leave his current post with the Friars, and join the ranks of Tony Clark and the MLBPA. Minaya will serve in the role of special adviser to Clark. 

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Minaya isn’t the first member of the Padres organization to leave the team for a post with Clark and the union. Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield, who served as an executive vice president and senior adviser to the Padres, left his post at the end of 2013 to also join Clark, in a rebuild of the MLBPA after the death of former union head Michael Weiner, who passed away from brain cancer.

Minaya is best known for building the young, upstart Montreal Expos teams of the 1990’s, and later biting off more than he could chew in the Big Apple, overseeing the construction and eventual demise of the New York Mets after Steve Phillips was relieved of his duties as Mets’ GM.

This past season, Minaya along with current Houston Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch made up two-thirds of the Padres’ three-headed GM monster, who oversaw team operations on the heels of the team dismissing GM Josh Byrnes in June of last year. The trio held down the fort and made a handful of moves in an attempt to shed some salary and gain prospects in return, eventually handing off the baton to current GM A.J. Preller upon his hiring in August of 2014.

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