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Report: Fred Wilpon backs Omar Minaya

New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon said Thursday that Omar Minaya will remain general manager beyond this season.

While in East Hartford, Conn., for an announcement of a partnership between the Wilpon-owned SNY network and University of Connecticut athletics, the Mets owner rhetorically asked "Is the sun going to come up tomorrow?" in response to a New York Post inquiry about Minaya remaining GM in 2011.

A team spokesman said Wilpon had nothing more to add on the subject.

"There is no news here," the official said. "Omar is under contract."

Wilpon made a similar guarantee at this time a year ago that Minaya would remain GM for this season.

The floundering Mets have a 54-54 record after losing two of three games to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field this week and trail the division lead by 7½ games. They have one postseason appearance since Minaya took over in September 2004, despite annually having one of the major leagues' highest payrolls.

Minaya is under contract through 2012, at an annual salary a team source has suggested is in the $1.1 million range.

Wilpon, 73, also praised the performance of his son, Jeff, as chief operating officer.

Asked by the Post about the younger Wilpon's job performance, Fred Wilpon said: "Excellent. Everybody knows that."

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

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