Mets hire Luis Rojas as manager, replacing Carlos Beltrán

Ross Houston
January 24, 2020

The New York Mets are close to naming Luis Rojas their new manager.

NY originally hired Beltran earlier this offseason, but dismissed him for his central role in the Houston Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scandal. Rojas will get a two-year deal to manage the Mets with multiple club options to retain him beyond that.

Bam Bam is not being promoted to manager and reportedly has not been contacted by the Red Sox, as the former longtime Giants coach seems to be staying on as Mets bench coach in the wake of Carlos Beltran's firing.

Rojas joins Beltran and his predecessor Mickey Callaway as a first-year manager for the Mets.

"Luis earned this job", Van Wagenen said at Citi Field, where he and team COO Jeff Wilpon spoke with the beat reporters who cover the Mets. "We anticipate him to be a great addition to our team".

"He has literally trained his whole life to be a manager", said Van Wagenen. Alonso tweeted. "It's awesome playing under him and having him on staff past year as well!" He became the manager for the St. Lucie Mets in 2015, and managed the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2017 and 2018. The good news for Rojas is that he is already familiar with numerous young Mets players he coached while on their way to the majors.

Van Wagenen indicated that serious outside candidates for the job when Beltran was hired, such as Eduardo Perez and Tim Bogar, were not considered this time.

"He comes from a legacy family". The Mets didn't want to change the values they outlined in the initial hiring process. The Mets are taking the in-house route by promoting Rojas to his first Major League Baseball manager gig rather than adding a seasoned free-agent manager like Dusty Baker or Buck Showalter. "We wanted to continue the momentum that we have with the work that's been done in preparation for Spring Training, and we felt like Luis was in a position to be a leader of that group". He is walking in the middle of the traffic on the Van Wyck motorway after the expulsion from Beltran, just a few weeks before spring training, a hard question and a task that any newbie manager must handle, but especially with a team that should Win now You cannot afford a one-year test with Rojas to see if you can solve it in Flushing. The club isn't expected to make any changes to the coaching staff already lined up to serve under Beltran.

Van Wagenen said prospective owner Steve Cohen wasn't consulted in selecting the new manager.

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