Report: Mets' Next Manager Could Be Internal Hire

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The Mets need a new manager, and they need one relatively quickly.

Carlos Beltran is out, before ever coaching a game, due to his role in the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal. The Mets’ pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Florida for spring training on February 10, so Brodie Van Wagenen and company will have to move fast to give their new appointee time to prepare before the preseason.

According to a report from SNY’s Andy Martino, the lack of time has the Mets seriously considering promoting someone internal to the manager’s job.

Wondering why u haven’t heard about Mets and Buck, Dusty, Gibbons? As reported Friday, they see benefit to staying internal. Someone who has been in offseason planning, helped new coaches onboard etc. External not ruled out but the timing creates an opening for Rojas/DeFranceso.

— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) January 20, 2020

Beltran, obviously, was an external hire, although he did already have substantial familiarity with the franchise. Like Beltran, neither Luis Rojas nor Tony DeFrancesco has any managerial experience in Major League Baseball.

Rojas is currently the team’s quality control coach, a role he first took on during the 2019 season. He has been in the Mets organization for 14 years, with most of that time coming as a manager at the minor league level. He was also a candidate back in October during the search that eventually ended with Beltran being hired.

Carlos Beltran speaks after being introduced as manager of the New York Mets during a press conference at Citi Field on Nov. 4, 2019. Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Tony DeFrancesco is the first base coach and seems like more of a long-shot for the job. In 2019, he was the coach of the Triple-A Syracuse Mets. Bench coach Hensley Meulens may be another option.

If the Mets decide to make an external hire, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that Eduardo Perez could be a top candidate, just as he was before Beltran was hired.  

Martino adds that the Mets could have their new manager in place “by the end of the week.”