The organization has also made an offer to Omar Minaya, currently the Montreal Expos GM and formerly an assistant GM under Phillips, as an executive vice president in charge of talent evaluations.
Though, Minaya is in the running for two general manager openings in both Cincinnati and Seattle in addition to having the option of returning to Montreal. Mets owner Fred Wilpon expects to hear a decision from him in the next few days.
This situation has been Wilpon's first choice all along and it could very well end of happening over the course of the next week. If he brought in an established executive, such as the talked about Gerry Hunsicker, they would want it their way.
On the other hand, ownership can have much more of a say with Jim Duquette, who would be taking his first general manager job with the "assistant" word not being tagged to the beginning of it.
Despite the fact that Minaya calls New Jersey his off-season home after growing up in Queens, it seems odd that he would take a drop in power in order to take on a role similar to the one Gene "Stick" Michael holds with the Yankees.
Even if Minaya says no, Duquette is still their man, according to the report.
Analyst Christopher Guy covers New York baseball for both NYFansOnly.com and PinstripesPlus.com. You can contact him at CGGuy86@Yahoo.com