The Mets and Carlos Beltran have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced Thursday afternoon
In a surprising decision, the New York Mets and Carlos Beltran have agreed to end their relationship less than three months after the former all-star was brought on to be the club’s new Manager. The decision was announced Thursday afternoon by the team. This leaves the Mets without a manager with less than four weeks before spring training begins
This news comes in the wake of the Houston Astros’ sign stealing scandal, which resulted in the suspension and eventual firing of GM Jeff Luhnow and Manager AJ Hinch. An investigation into the allegations of sign stealing began back in November after The Athletic released a report that highlighted the sign-stealing system utilized by the Astros in 2017, the year Houston won the World Series. The report also stated that Alex Cora, the former bench coach for Houston and eventual Manager of the Red Sox during their 2018 World Series run, was involved in setting up the sign stealing system. This revelation led to the Red Sox parting ways with Cora on January 14th. Although no players were penalized as part of the investigation, Carlos Beltran was mentioned in the report as one of the players involved in the sign-stealing scandal. The league reported that Beltran was a person who had knowledge of the sign-stealing system.
Mets’ CEO Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen issued this statement on the decision:
“We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to mutually part ways. This was not an easy decision. Considering the circumstances, it became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s best interest for Carlos to move forward as manager of the New York Mets. We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter in his baseball career. We remain excited about the talent on this team and are committed to reaching our goals of winning now and in the future.”
In the wake of this decision, Carlos Beltran released the following statement:
“At a meeting this morning with Jeff and Brodie we mutually agreed to part ways. I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team. I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.”
The Mets must now begin their search for a new manager with less than a month until Spring Training officially begins. Luis Rojas, the Mets’ quality control coach, is apparently being considered for the manager position, a source told Ken Rosenthal of the MLB Network. At this time, the team has not confirmed that Rojas is being considered for the position. Other people that were interviewed for the position before Beltran accepted the job include Eduardo Perez, and Tim Bogar.
The New York Mets will hold a conference call at 3 PM today to further discuss the decision to part ways with Beltran.