The New York Yankees decided, a few weeks ago, to retain general manager and senior vice president Brian Cashman on a new contract.
However, ownership apparently chose to surround him with veteran MLB executives, as evidenced by some of the organization’s recent hires.
This week, they welcomed former World Series-winning GM Brian Sabean, the architect of the San Francisco Giants 2010-2014 dynasty.
Today, they announced the hire of former Montreal Expos and New York Mets GM Omar Minaya.
The New York Yankees today announced that they have appointed Omar Minaya as Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations. pic.twitter.com/6Q2gUm4xh9
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 5, 2023
Minaya is an experienced executive who knows how to build a team with limited resources, as he did with the Expos back in the day.
He doesn’t have limited resources with the Yankees, that’s for sure, but he also won’t be required to put together a team: he will be a valuable advisor to Cashman.
According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, it’s a solid move by the Yankees for a variety of reasons.
Breaking: Omar Minaya, the former GM of the Mets and the Expos, is joining the Yankees as an advisor to the baseball ops department. Savvy hire by the Yankees. Minaya brings smarts and experience. Along with the Sabean hiring, he’s the second high-profile add Yankees have made.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) January 5, 2023
Some of the comments from the Yankees’ announcement on Twitter were fans asking the team to make moves, but there were also some fans praising the decision to bring in Minaya.
Best eye for baseball talent in the world. So happy for my guy.
— Junior Salazar (@JR_Salazar25) January 5, 2023
There is evidence to back Salazar’s words up:
Minaya is a former GM for the Mets (2004-2010) – He signed Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Billy Wagner, and traded for Johan Santana and Carlos Delgado while he was there.
— OffSznYanks (@SleepyCashman2) January 5, 2023
Others didn’t like the move.
Red Sox fans took advantage of the opportunity to mock the hire for making the Yanks’ front office even “older”:
the oldest front office in baseball just keeps stacking bald people
— HVT (@redsoxandstuff) January 5, 2023
In the end, it doesn’t hurt to have such a good talent evaluator around.
The Yankees are going all in this year, and that apparently includes the front office, too.
Now, they only need to decide what to do at third base, shortstop, and left field.