Padres Hire Former Mets General Manager Minaya as Senior Vice President

Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya is returning to Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres.

Minaya, 53, will serve as senior vice president of baseball operations, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement released today by the team. Minaya was fired by the Mets following the 2010 season, after the team’s second consecutive fourth-place finish in the National League East division.

“We’re excited to add Omar to our staff,” Byrnes said. “His experience, knowledge, evaluative skills and connections throughout the industry will be invaluable for us.”

The Padres were 71-97 last season, finishing 23 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. San Diego has not made the playoffs since 2006.

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