The Mets sub-mediocre season has been done for weeks, but new reports suggest that GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel might be out of jobs with the organization permanently. The official announcement isn't due until after the season ends next week, but Sports Illustrated is reporting that Minaya and Manuel will not be heads of the club next year.
Minaya took over as GM in 2005 from Jim Duquette, and led the team through four winning seasons, but the Mets have had two consecutive losing ones counting this year. Minaya has the option to leave the organization once his contract is up, but there are some reports that he may stay on a different role, perhaps in scouting. As for who might replace him at GM, the Mets are looking outside the organization; names that have been bandied about include former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former A's GM Sandy Alderson and Rangers GM Jon Daniels, who comes from Bayside, Queens.
As for potential managers to replace Manuel, two names that are prominently mentioned are former manager Bobby Valentine, and ex-Met Wally Backman, the manager for the Cyclones, the club's Single-A Brooklyn affiliate, who has developed a reputation as an incredibly amusing hot-head, like in the clip below.