Mets' Minaya: 'Manuel is our manager'

LOS ANGELES -- New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya dismissed speculation that manager Jerry Manuel's job is in jeopardy as the Mets prepared to open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Asked if he could categorically state that Manuel's job is safe, Minaya replied: "Yes. Jerry Manuel is our manager. Look, any time you're going to have a couple of losing [series], those things are going to pop up. But there's no discussion at all.

"Jerry Manuel is our manager, will be our manager. I'm very happy with the job that he's doing. ... To discuss Jerry's job status after a losing streak is just not right. Teams are going to have losing streaks. It's just not right to discuss the manager's status. He's our manager and I see him being our manager."

The Mets have lost six of seven games to open the season's second half and arrived at Dodger Stadium having been swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"We would like to be better than the way we've played," Minaya said. "We would like to be able to win more games. All teams go through these phases. Hopefully we won't stay in this phase of losing the way we have the past couple of games for long.

"We've got to hit. Unfortunately, we haven't been hitting. But I feel confident that when you look at our team and getting [Carlos] Beltran back and getting [Jose] Reyes back and all that, and [Luis] Castillo, these guys have a history as a whole, as a team, of getting on base and we'll be able to score runs. Right now we're not doing it."

Manuel chalked up curiosity about his job status to managing in a major media market.

"That doesn't bother me," Manuel said. "I think that's just part of being where I'm at."

At that point, Minaya entered the dugout where Manuel was conducting a pregame news conference with beat writers.

"That's my boss right there. Holler at him. Holler at him," Manuel playfully said before calling out to the GM.

"What's going on?" the manager continued, directing his remarks to Minaya. "Did you say two-year extension or what? What was that you were saying?"

"What's happening?" Minaya said.

"I told them I signed a two-year deal today," Manuel joked with a hearty laugh.

"Welcome to New York," Minaya replied.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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