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Mets Welcome Back Omar Minaya For Third Stint In Front Office

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After a seven-year absence from the New York Mets, former general manager Omar Minaya is back for his third stint with the team.

Minaya, 59, officially accepted a position on Friday as a special assistant to current Mets general manager Sandy Alderson with a focus on scouting and player development, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported.

“Omar has a long history with the Mets,” said Alderson in a statement per MLB.com. “He has served the club well in many different areas. Omar will be a resource on scouting and player development, will consult on player acquisitions and will serve as a community ambassador. We are very happy to have him back in the organization.”

Minaya began his career with New York as an assistant general manager from 1998-01 before returning from 2004-10 as the full-time general manager; he was fired following the 2010 season following consecutive fourth-place finishes in the National League East.

Other duties for Minaya in his career as a front office executive includes being the Montreal Expos’ general manager from 2002-04, and the vice president of baseball operations for the San Diego Padres from 2011-15.

“Christmas came earlier than expected,” said Minaya on Friday. “Being able to come back home to be with the Mets, to be able to do what I love the most, which is scouting and development. I’m coming home to a Mets family that is very dear.”

For Minaya, it won’t be strange for him to work with Alderson- the man who replaced him following 2010.

“I have so much respect for Sandy. And the fact that he wanted me back, that’s how we kind of turned the corner,” said Minaya.

The Mets are coming off another fourth-place finish in 2017 after they went 70-92. This followed a first-place finish of 90-72 in 2015 which saw them win the pennant, and an 87-75 record in 2016.

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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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