I think it's sad that no one gives Omar Minaya any credit for Matt Harvey and some of the other players Sandy Alderson is leaning on during this rebuild. Noah Syndergaard and Travis d'Arnaud were had by trading R.A. Dickey, who wouldn't have been on the Mets if not for Omar. Minaya also signed Carlos Beltran, who was eventually used by Alderson to get Zach Wheeler. Minaya was run out of town, but he should get some credit, shouldn't he?
It's worth noting that Minaya kept David Wright and Jose Reyes, despite several opportunities to trade them. He is also responsible for drafting Harvey, Dillon Gee, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Jon Niese, Ruben Tejada, Juan Lagares, Bobby Parnell, Daniel Murphy and Josh Satin, as well as acquiring minor leaguers Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, Wilmer Flores, Cesar Puello, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Steven Matz, Jeff Walters and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Minaya spent wildly and created a concentration in payroll that tipped the franchise over when people got hurt or turned unproductive. That said, Mets fans got a few pennant races (some falling one game short), an NLCS, Harvey and some pretty good memories. It wasn't a total waste by any stretch of the imagination.
That said, he left the big-league roster in shambles. Alderson was tasked with the monumental effort of sifting through and building up the farm, while restructuring future payrolls, which has made for a really long five years.
Speaking of Minaya, he gave an informative, insightful Q&A with Teddy Klein from Mets Merized Online about the importance of baseball in developing countries, which you can read here...