Sid Rosenberg of WABC Radio was the first to mention that Beltran would get the job, tweeting earlier today that it was a “done deal”. The two sides officially agreed on a three-year deal worth $3 million with a fourth year option later in the day, and the team formally announced the hire. The Mets will introduce their new manager on Monday at 11:00am in a press conference held at the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field.
The news brings an end to a long, drawn-out managerial search that began when the club revealed on October 3 that they were firing Mickey Callaway after two seasons at the helm. The club interviewed a number of candidates, including Joe Girardi—who eventually went on to become Philadelphia Phillies manager. Earlier this morning, it was reported that Tim Bogar was out of the running, and the news was quickly followed with reports stating that it was down to Beltran and Eduardo Perez after Derek Shelton and Pat Murphy were eliminated.
Beltran concluded his 20-year playing career in 2017 with a World Series championship as a member of the Houston Astros. He finished with 435 home runs and 312 stolen bases while putting together a .279/.350/.486 slash line, a 118 wRC+, and a 69.6 bWAR. He played seven of those season with the Mets, where he hit .280/.369/.500 with 149 home runs and a 129 wRC+. Since retiring, he’s worked for the New York Yankees as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman. He revealed earlier this offseason that he was only interested in managing the Mets, and had declined interviews for other positions.