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Former Knick Gallinari reaches out to Omar Minaya

Interesting item out of Newsday today, in the aftermath of the Carmelo Anthony trade to the Knicks. One of the players traded, Danilo Gallinari, has a close relationship with former Mets general manager Omar Minaya thanks in large part to Minaya’s fluency in Italian, a product of his years working in professional baseball in Italy. After being dealt to the Nuggets, Gallinari called Minaya for guidance.

“For us he’s like family,” Minaya told the newspaper. “He basically had nobody here, and I built a relationship with him and his mother and father. We had a friendship. Basically, I let his mother know there’s someone here for him.”

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Omar heading to the desert?

The Wall St. Journal reported Friday that the D-backs have offered
former Mets general manager Omar Minaya a job as a special assistant to
new GM Kevin Towers, though Minaya is “in no rush to decide” whether or
not to accept the offer.

The Mets dismissed Minaya last month and still owe him more than $1 million next season.

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Ollie makes Mexican League debut

Oliver Perez made his winter league debut today for Los Tomateros of the Mexican League, striking out two batters in a perfect inning of relief.

Perez, of course, is famously owed $12 million next year on the final third of his three-year, $36 million contract. It’s unlikely he’ll ever throw another pitch in a Mets uniform — but it’s not impossible, either. A strong winter and spring could afford him one last shot with the Mets, who lack depth both in the rotation and their bullpen.

Then again, the Mets could just as easily cut Perez loose, an action that former general manager Omar Minaya never urged ownership to consider. Certainly, new GM Sandy Alderson will explore every option — orthodox or original — before taking any action regarding Perez.

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Reports: The sun will come out, Minaya will remain GM

Mets general manager Omar Minaya received some public support from principal owner Fred Wilpon today. Asked by a New York Port reporter at a function in Connecticut if Minaya would remain GM next season, Wilpon quipped: “Is the sun going to come up tomorrow?”

That’s hardly a ringing endorsement for Minaya, whose actual power within the restraints of a reportedly tight budget has come under scrutiny in recent weeks — most notably when the Mets stood pat at last month’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. But it was, if nothing else, an indication that the Mets are not looking to do anything drastic in the coming weeks or months — at least not within the front office.

Minaya is under contract through the 2012 season at more than $1 million per year.

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