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Mets hire Tony DeFrancesco to manage Triple-A Las Vegas 51s

There’s still no official word on Pedro Lopez’s future, but he’s clearly not managing in Vegas anymore.

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The Mets have hired Tony DeFrancesco to manage the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, according to Jon Heyman. That news comes shortly after Sandy Alderson’s comments the other day that there would be major changes at the Triple-A level, where Pedro Lopez—a longtime manager in the Mets’ organization who had been consistently promoted up the ranks of the minors—had been managing. While he’s not in that role anymore, Marc Carig reports that he will be reassigned within the organization.

DeFrancesco has spent the past several years in the Astros’ orginzation but was let go. He served as the big league team’s interim manager for a brief stint a few years back but spent the grand majority of his recent time managing the team’s Triple-A affiliate. Whether or not he’ll make a difference serving as the new manager of the 51s remains to be seen, but he’s one of several new names in the coaching mix as the Mets make changes coming off a very bad season.