ORLANDO -- Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya plans to keep working in Major League Baseball but will take his time before choosing among front-office job offers he has received from multiple teams in the last few weeks.
"I have many offers for different positions, including a few as assistant general manager, but I'm in no hurry," Minaya said Sunday to ESPNdeportes.com.
Minaya, who was the Mets' GM from 2005-10, was fired by the team at the end of last season. The Dominican-born Minaya is guaranteed annual salaries of $1.1 million for 2011 and 2012 as part of the contract extension he signed with New York in 2008.
Minaya, 51, returned to the Mets as the team's executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager in 2004, after becoming the first Latino to hold that position with the Montreal Expos (now Washington Nationals) the previous three seasons.
This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks had offered Minaya a position as special assistant to the team's GM Kevin Towers. The position would be similar to the special counsel role that Towers had with the New York Yankees last season.
The Journal and other media outlets speculated that Minaya would most surely not take into consideration Arizona's offer or any other position at an MLB level before meeting with Sandy Alderson, his successor in New York, to see how he could fit into the Mets organization.
"That doesn't necessarily have to be that way," Minaya said. "I'm basically a free agent that will try to return, but right now I'm taking care of family affairs, resting and soon I will make a trip with my family to the Dominican Republic. After that, I will make a decision."
Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.