The New York Mets picked quality control coach Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltran as manager and are working on a multiyear agreement with him, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday.
Rojas, 38, will replace Beltran, who stepped down from the job in wake of the fallout from the Houston Astros sign-stealing discipline. Beltran was the only player, former or otherwise, named in the ruling handed down by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
“I think it’s the fit. It’s where the team is. I think it’s the culture we’re trying to create,” Van Wagenen said. “He has a good finger on the pulse of this team.”
Rojas is the brother of former major leaguer Moises Alou and the son of ex-manager Felipe Alou. He played minor league baseball in the Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos’ organizations but never made it above the rookie league.
He was the Mets’ coach in the Dominican Summer League in 2007 and was named to the Mets’ Gulf Coast League team in 2011. He also had roles in the organization’s Class-A and Double-A teams.
“Loved having Luis in ‘17 and ’18 as my AA manager!” the National League Rookie of the Year tweeted. “It’s awesome playing under him and having him on staff last year as well!!! Super pumped to have him as the Jeffe. Also he throws some damn good bp.”
Stroman added: “LUIS ROJAS! Love love love it. Loved being around him on the bench last year. Always teaching and full of knowledge. Super laid back and brings nothing but great vibes each and every day. Beyond even keel. Excited even more for the year!”
New York finished third in the National League East last season with an 86-76 record.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.