Beltran, who was hired in November, stepped down earlier in January after an Major League Baseball report implicated him in a sign-stealing scheme during his time with the Houston Astros in 2017.
Van Wagenen had to scramble to find a replacement for Beltran, who lasted just 77 days as skipper and ultimately never managed a game.
Rojas, 38, was finalizing a multi-year contract Wednesday, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, to replace Carlos Beltran, who departed as manager last week after he was named in the Astros' illegal sign-stealing scheme.
Rojas had already been interviewed for the Mets job a year ago before the organisation opted to appoint Beltran. "He has a good finger on the pulse of this team". "We think he has the ability to be consistent, to be calm under pressure, and to understand the opportunity that this team has as we head into the 2020 season". "He was part of it last year, he was part of the momentum ride we had in the second half of the year and the success we had". He also was a runner-up when the other team in NY, the Yankees, hired Aaron Boone. He comes from a legacy family ...
"Luis earned this job", Van Wagenen said.
As the coach for the quality control team, Rojas' main job was to prepare the Mets on matchday and act as a mediator between the front office and management. The Mets are taking the in-house route by promoting Rojas to his first Major League Baseball manager gig rather than adding a seasoned free-agent manager like Dusty Baker or Buck Showalter. He is walking in the middle of the traffic on the Van Wyck motorway after the expulsion from Beltran, just a few weeks before spring training, a hard question and a task that any newbie manager must handle, but especially with a team that should Win now You cannot afford a one-year test with Rojas to see if you can solve it in Flushing.
He managed Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo and Tomas Nido at some point throughout their minor-league careers. In some ways, hiring Rojas now is doubling down on what the Mets liked about Beltrán then. The club isn't expected to make any changes to the coaching staff already lined up to serve under Beltran. "So Luis' activation played a significant role in terms of why we feel so comfortable with him taking over right now". Even if the new owner Steve Cohen is ready to take the reins and maybe spend more money than the Wilpons for free agents and anything else that can buy money, we know that the Mets are also in a crowded and hard one Need to win environment classification.
Van Wagenen said prospective owner Steve Cohen wasn't consulted in selecting the new manager.