After a disappointing 77-85 record, the Mets will not pick up the 2022 option on manager Luis Rojas. According to the team, they have extended Rojas an opportunity to remain in the organization, if he so chooses.
Gone after just two seasons with a team that had zero direction in Steve Cohen’s first year as owner. Yikes.
The club will not pick up the option on Manager Luis Rojas for the 2022 season. Decisions regarding the remaining coaching staff will be made over the next several days. We have offered Rojas the opportunity to remain in the organization in a TBD capacity. https://t.co/Zq6sJmxiDR
— New York Mets (@Mets) October 4, 2021
The real question is who does Cohen have his eyes on to manage this team?
They could take a look in the rearview mirror at Carlos Beltran, whom they let go after the Astros cheating scandal. The sign-stealing hoopla isn’t much of a conversation anymore, so it shouldn’t shock the world if they pretend it never happened. Red Sox manager Alex Cora has already been crowned a returning hero, despite his involvement, and Tigers manager A.J. Hinch is in conversation for manager of the year. So maybe now would be the time to integrate Beltran back into the fold?
Steve Cohen could also go old school mentality in Queens with Buck Showalter.
The Mets’ next management hire will give baseball fans a better idea of where this team plans to go in the short-term. A young coach could mean a rebuild that involves letting starters like Marcus Stroman go. A manager in advanced age foreshadows another aggressive off-season by Cohen and this staff.
The Mets always gonna Met though…