The New York Mets and Luis Rojas are working on a multi-year deal that will result in Rojas becoming the team’s new manager, according to Anthony DiComo. Rojas will replace Carlos Beltran, whose tenure with the team ended before managing a single game as a result of his involvement in the Astros’ cheating scandal.
Since the news of Beltran’s departure broke on Thursday, Rojas’ name has come up as a possible replacement. The 38-year-old has worked inside the Mets’ organization since 2007, when he was hired as a coach for the Dominican Summer League Mets. Since then, he has gone on to manage the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2011, the Savannah Sand Gnats from 2012 through 2014, the St. Lucie Mets in 2015 and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2017 and 2018. Rojas graduated to the big club in 2019 after being named the team’s quality control coach. The new skipper is also the son of Felipe Alou and brother of former Mets’ outfielder Moises Alou.
Andy Martino labeled Rojas as one of three finalists for the job last night, along with bench coach Hensley Meulens and first base coach Tony DeFrancsco. With only 19 days to go until spring training, it’s evident that the team was looking to remain internal when hiring a new manager, which makes sense so close to the start of the baseball season.
While the team has not made the news official, Joel Sherman added that the staff put together for the upcoming season will remain in tact. Meulens was considered a candidate for the vacant Red Sox managerial position, but Brodie Van Wagenen stated that Boston had not requested permission to interview him.