In a special report for ESPN.com, Gordon Edes sits down with new Red Sox President of Baseball of Operations Dave Dombrowski, who was the Tigers' general manager in late July, when the Mets traded with him to get Yoenis Cespedes. In the report, Dombrowski walks Edes step by step through the process of dealing Cespedes to the Mets, including a wild bit about completing the trade with just a few minutes to spare... It's a strong read, which you can check out here.
I love stories like this. I can't get enough Anatomy of the Trade articles and I'm always disappointed more GMs and staff don't do this after the fact. It's good publicity. However, for MLB, it demonstrates to fans the amount of work that can go in to getting a deal done, especially this day and age with so much real-time media attention and scrutiny surrounding their every move.
Similarly, speaking of work, in the New York Times, Michael Powell looks at how much Omar Minaya has to do with the current success of the Mets, despite him not being their GM since 2010.
Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Jon Niese, Jeurys Familia, Hansel Robles and Bobby Parnell, among others, are all the product of Minaya's administration.
He can even take a bit of credit for Zach Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Travis d'Arnaud, since the players used to get these guys in trade (Carlos Beltran and RA Dickey) were initially acquired by Minaya. It's proof that Minaya's skill was in acquiring young talent.
His downfall was giving big contracts to big-league players, and how he staggered those deals. It fell in on him, at a time in the team's history that was very difficult to handle on and off field. Personally, I think he did the best he could each step of the way.
In the event the Mets clinch the division, or get deep in to the postseason, I hope Alderson and the Mets do something to acknowledge Minaya's role in their success, even if he's not part of the organization.