In fairness... He dealt Milledge, and Gomez was part of the Santana deal. He held on to Martinez for too long, true... but Pelfrey eats innings.
I agree with you though, Omar is proving to be a better GM than people give him credit for.
Can we talk about the future? Omar was not a good GM but I would not question his scouting abilities. It would have been interesting to see what he could have done with more #1 choices and the Wilpon's willingness to go overslot.
Omar often gave the impression that he was only capable of working on one thing at a time. He (and Jeff) failed to fully understand the free agent market and how to realize a return on all assets, especially Type A's. Who can forget how they mismanaged the Wagner situation, and cost the Mets two #1 draft choices.
"I agree with you though, Omar is proving to be a better GM than people give him credit for."
Omar never choked, the players did.
<<< two seasons away from having the ability to win the division
How do you know this????? Can you predict the future or something? It is absolutely IMPOSIBlE to predict what a team will do in two years... especially in baseball.
After the 2006 season... did you think the Phillies would own the division while the Mets would not make the playoffs since then???? Yeah... that's what I thought.
Some people are good at certain things, but poor at others. Omar's problem was never his eye for talent. He just didn't seem the have a wide array of skill sets to be a very good GM - a GM in New York.
Drafting talent is one thing, but having the organizational skills to build a developmental system to hone that talent into major league plays is a whole other story.
It is like being able to buy a top line stereo system, but playing it through low end speakers. It doesn't matter how good the stereo is, if you can only output the sound on poor speakers.
Omar should get, and deserves major props for finding a lot of this talent, but Sandy will have get some credit too for having the skills sets to make the right decisions about processing this talent to the next level.
>>>"Omar often gave the impression that he was only capable of working on one thing at a time. He (and Jeff) failed to fully understand the free agent market and how to realize a return on all assets, especially Type A's. Who can forget how they mismanaged the Wagner situation, and cost the Mets two #1 draft choices."<<<
The Wilpons later all but said that they hired Omar realizing that he wasn't fully capable, in terms of having a full range of skill sets for the job, and they had to basically give/get him help in areas.
Sandy on the other hand, has a full array of skill sets. He knows the baseball end of things, and having a law degree he knows contracts and legalities, as well as being a knowledgeable business man - having taught business classes at university in California. A great organizer, and a leader of men.
I liked Omar, but he had become clear that it was time for him to go, and the job was getting beyond him after all the novelty of hiring the neighborhood guy had worn off.