How is this possible?

I mean, how is THIS possible?

I mean, from a job performance standpoint, I’d be one of Minaya’s strongest defenders. He fleeced the Twins in the Santana deal. He’s spent a ton of money without wasting a ton of money. Sure, he gave $13 million a year to a highly overrated and declining 70-innings-a-year pitcher, but everybody makes mistakes, and in New York that’s hardly the kind of thing that ruins seasons. Their season was ruined by injuries, not any failure of Minaya’s.

At the same time, though, is he irreplaceable? Consider for a moment how many brilliant baseball people would love to take the Mets’ GM job tomorrow. If you put all of those people in a line, would Minaya stand out? And if you put all those people in a line and knew that one of them had waited way too long to fire a good friend who totally messed up and then tried to blame it all a reporter who was just doing his job, wouldn’t you eliminate that one from consideration?

I don’t know. I just don’t get it. I mean, Minaya is under contract for at least three more years, but even to the cash-strapped Wilpons, Minaya’s salary isn’t the kind of thing that will be missed (he’s making about 1/3 of what they’re paying J.J. Putz. I gotta think Kim Ng and Paul DePodesta are wondering what a body has to do to lose a job around there about now…

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