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Luis Rojas will not return as Mets’ manager in 2022

The team declined to pick up his contract option.

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The Mets announced that they will not pick up the option on Luis Rojas’s contract for 2022, effectively ending his tenure as the team’s manager. The Mets have offered that Rojas stay in the organization in some capacity, though it is not known how nor is it known if he is receptive to the offer.

Rojas has been in the organization for sixteen years, most notably as the manager of the Single-A St. Lucie Mets and Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies from 2014-18. He spent the 2019 season in the big leagues as the team’s quality control coach, earning praise from many major leaguers who had risen through the minor league system. Initially the team’s second choice during their managerial search heading into the 2020 season, Rojas was given the job after the Mets and first choice Carlos Beltrán agreed to part ways following the revelations of the 2017 Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

Rojas held a 103-119 record as manager through the abbreviated 2020 season and the 2021 season. Though improving the team’s divisional standing from tied for last in 2020 to third in 2021, he presided over two Mets teams that many considered to have underperformed their expectations.

The Mets will be making other decisions about the coaching staff over the next few days. It is not expected that the team will hire a new manager before they hire a new president of baseball operations, whose search is ongoing.