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Omar Minaya Anxiously Awaiting $21.5M Check From Angels

posted Jan 24, 2010, 1:40 PM by Steven Seagal   [ updated Jan 24, 2010, 2:02 PM ]
Comments made recently by the Mets front office display what appears to be a deeply flawed understanding of the deal they made with the Angels to acquire Gary Matthews Jr.  Asked about whether the Mets were finished making significant moves this offseason, Omar chuckled, responding "Well, maybe - until we made the deal to take that clubhouse cancer [Gary Matthews Jr.] off the Angels' hands.  Now we can put that twenty million bucks to good use."  When informed that the Mets would not be receiving $21.5M from the Angels, but rather that the Angels would pay $21.5M of Matthews' salary, Minaya was shocked into silence.  Recovering slightly, he stammered "We owe the guy $1M per year left on his 2 year contract.  That's got to be all he's making, right?  The rest is ours, right?  I mean, c'mon, how much more than $1M can that guy make?"  An assistant whispered into Minaya's ear, and he immediately turned pale and walked away from the podium.

No news yet on how this affects Minaya's rumored interest in Barry Zito and $80M from the Giants.