Minaya to Serve as Special Adviver to the Major League Baseball Players Association

Omar Minaya is ready to help future Latino MLB players…

The 56-year-old Dominican former-player-turned executive, the former New York Mets general manager, has left his job as senior vice president of the San Diego Padres to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark.

Omar Minaya

Minaya started in baseball management as a scout for the Texas Rangers, where he helped sign Sammy Sosa. He became the major leagues’ first Hispanic general manager with the Montreal Expos from 2002 to 2004. He left the Expos to become GM of his hometown Mets, who fired him after the 2010 season. He was hired by the Padres in December 2011 as senior VP of baseball operations under GM Josh Byrnes, who was fired last June.

“Our membership that comes from the Latin countries is growing,” Clark said. “That means having folks on staff that are reflective of those countries, that have the ability to communicate with players in their native language.”

Minaya will focus on international affairs and game development in the U.S., including amateur baseball. The number of Dominican and Cuban players in the major leagues has increased, and management hopes to get agreement on an international draft in the collective bargaining agreement that expires after the 2016 season. Currently, only players residing in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are subject to a draft.

“These are going to be major issues as the game goes forward,” Minaya said.

He’s following the path of Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, who left his job as executive vice president/senior adviser of the Padres after a dozen years in December 2013 to become a special assistant to Clark at the Major League Baseball Players Association.

“It probably hasn’t happened very often,” said Clark, the former All-Star first baseman who took over as union chief after Michael Weiner’s death in November 2013.

Minaya is reversing the path of former major leaguer Tony Bernazard, who was a special assistant for the union from 1992 until he left to work for Minaya and the Mets from 2004 to 2009.

Clark said he expected it to be a long relationship. Minaya said it was difficult to leave scouting and player development.

“When you are a baseball operations guy, and you are a guy like myself, every morning you wake up and you’re thinking you’re in the hunt, the hunt for that player,” Minaya said. “Look, I love scouting. I loved being a scout. I loved talking to coaches, talking to family, talking to players, understanding that. Every day you wake up, if you’re the general manager, you try to get that trade. If you’re a scout, you try to beat somebody to a player.”

Quentin Agrees to Lucrative Contract with the San Diego Padres

Carlos Quentin won’t be leaving Southern California anytime soon…

The 29-year-old Mexican American baseball star has agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract with the San Diego Padres that includes a no-trade clause.

Carlos Quentin

Quentin, making $7,025,000 this year under his current deal, will get $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and $8 million in 2015. The outfielder’s contract includes a $10 million mutual option for 2016, which would have a $3 million buyout if he has 320 starts or more from 2013-15.

“This is an amazing opportunity for me to stay and play in the city I grew up in,” Quentin said. “I believe in this organization and what they’re doing and I think they believe in me and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Quentin had arthroscopic right knee surgery during spring training and missed the first 49 games of the season. But he homered five times in his first six games for the Padres after being activated from the disabled list on May 28. He began the day with a .273 batting average, nine homers and 22 RBIs in 40 games.

“The reasoning hasn’t changed a lot since the day we traded for him,” said Padres general manager Josh Byrnes. “He’s a proven middle-of-the-order bat that we need. He brings an intensity, an edge and a swagger to our team that we need.”

Quentin, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on December 31, grew up in Chula Vista and attended University High School in San Diego.

Selected by Arizona with the 29th overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft, Quentin is a .253 career hitter with 130 home runs and 405 RBIs in 656 games.

“I’m happy about it,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “I think it’s great for the Padres, great for the city, and great for Carlos. Having Carlos for a number of years add continuity to the club. He’s a guy we can put in the middle of our order on a daily basis. There are a lot of positives.”