By Matt Meyers
January 30, 2006
The Mets have been the most active team this offseason in regards to reshaping their roster, but their changes have not been limited to player personnel. General manager Omar Minaya’s front-office overhaul continued this past week as the Mets hired Adam Wogan to be their director of minor league operations.
Wogan had spent the previous eight seasons with Washington Nationals organization before being fired this past October stemming from philosophical difference with general manager Jim Bowden. From 2002-2005, Wogan served as the Nationals/Expos farm director, and Minaya was the GM who put him in that position.
“I have the utmost respect for Omar and I am familiar with the way he operates and the desires he has for the minor league system, and I think that can only help,” Wogan said. “That will help in getting to know the staff quickly and help all the working relationships.”
Wogan will replace Kevin Morgan, who had been the director of minor league operations since January 2001. Morgan will be retained, however, and he will now serve as coordinator of instruction for the minor leagues. Morgan replaces Bobby Floyd, who is now manager of the Mets team in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
The musical chairs in the Mets front office did not stop there though, as Bryan Lambe and Scott Nethery were both named special assistants to Minaya. Lambe joined the organization last season after spending the previous five seasons with the Diamondbacks as special assistant to the GM. From 1985-2000, Lambe served as a national crosschecker and a major league scout with the Texas Rangers.
Nethery was hired as a special assignment and professional scout before the 2005 season. From 1991-2004, he was with the Braves in a variety of roles that included Latin American scouting supervisor.
Since Minaya took over as GM in the fall of 2004, the Mets’ front office has gone through about as many changes as their big league team. Before 2005, the Mets reassigned scouting director Jack Bowen and replaced him with Russ Bove. Last September, they fired or reassigned 10 scouts and in October, they promoted Rudy Terrasas from assistant scouting director to scouting director while reassigning Bove to pro scouting.