NEW YORK – The New York Mets are making a multi-year deal with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team manager, staying home to replace the eroded Carlos Beltran, said general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
“I think it’s suitable. It’s where the team is located. I think it’s the culture we’re trying to create,” said Van Wagenen.
Rojas would take the place of Beltran, who had left the Mets last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros sign theft scandal.
38-year-old Rojas is the son of former Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants executive Felipe Alou and the brother of ex-great leaguer Moises Alou. The former minor league manager has been in the organization since 2007 but had never coached in the majors before joining Mickey Callaway staff last season.
“He has a good finger on the wrist of this team,” said Van Wagenen.
Callaway was fired after the season and Rojas interviewed for the November vacation before New York hired Beltran.
Beltran’s term lasted 2 1/2 months and ended after baseball commissioner Rob Manfred spotted him in a report on a cheating scheme used by the Astros during the 2017 World Series championship season. The Mets they announced that he would be out as manager three days later.
Rojas, who was born in the Dominican Republic, has played a minor league ball with Orioles, Marlins and Expos / Nationals since 2000-05, but has never made it past the rookie ball.
He trained for New York in the Dominican Summer League in 2007, got his first managerial role with the Gulf Coast League team at the beginner level of the Mets in 2011 and he also coached in Class A and Double A. In particular, he was manager of Double-A Binghamton during the Pete Alonso 2018 breakout season, when he led the minors with 36 home runs.
He was elected best managerial candidate by his colleagues three times as a minor league manager in the Baseball America poll.
Rojas also managed the Dominican team during the Premier12 Olympic qualifying event last fall.
Houston manager AJ Hinch and Boston skipper Alex Cora were also fired after being named in the MLB sign theft report. Neither the Astros nor the Red Sox have named the substitutes.