Mets Hiring Luis Rojas As Manager

Most Recently Served As Team's Quality-Control Coach

Ryan Chatelain
January 22, 2020 - 2:49 pm

The Mets are finalizing a multiyear deal that will make Luis Rojas their next manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday.

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Rojas, 38, is entering his 14th season in the Mets organization and spent eight years as a minor league manager. He was named quality-control coach last season, a newly created role, which, according to the team's website, serves as "a conduit between the front office and coaching staff on all issues including game preparation, strategy and analytics." 

Rojas played in the Orioles, Marlins and Expos/Nationals minor league systems from 2000-05 but never got above rookie ball.

"I think it's the fit," Van Wagenen told reporters. "It's where the team is. I think it's the culture we're trying to create. 

Luis Rojas of the Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
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"He has a good finger on the pulse of this team."

A native of the Dominican Republic, Rojas is the son of longtime player and manager Felipe Alou and the brother of former Met Moises Alou. 

Rojas replaces Carlos Beltran, who was hired in November but mutually parted ways with the team last week after being named in Major League Baseball's report on the Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scheme. Rojas interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening last fall.

Rojas was reportedly among three finalists for the job -- all internal -- this time around. The team was also considering first-base coach Tony DeFrancesco and bench coach Hensley Meulens, according to SNY.

The coaching staff assembled under Beltran will remain intact.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso quickly applauded the news Wednesday of Rojas being on the verge of being named his new manager.

"Loved having Luis in ‘17 and ‘18 as my AA manager!" Alonso wrote on Twitter. "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 #LFGM."