The New York Mets are close to naming Luis Rojas their new manager.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters Wednesday that the team is finalizing a multiyear deal with Rojas.
Rojas, 38, would replace Carlos Beltran, who parted ways with the Mets on Thursday after being named as a key participant in the 2017 Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Rojas had interviewed for the job that went to Beltran when the Mets were looking to replace Mickey Callaway, who was fired after last season.
In December 2018, Rojas was named the Mets’ quality control coach, a then-newly created role to be a conduit between the front office and the manager, consulting on “game preparation, strategy and analytics.”
Last season was his 13th with the Mets organization and he has managed at several minor league levels for the franchise.
His father is former major league player and manager Felipe Alou and his brother, six-time All-Star Moises Alou, played his final two major league seasons for the Mets.
Rojas doesn’t have the last name Alou because when he was a minor leaguer with the Washington Nationals, the franchise asked him to change his name from Luis Alou to Luis Rojas to match his birth certificate, he told the New York Post last year. The newspaper reported that Rojas is the family name but Felipe, Moises and his uncles used Alou, which is the surname of Rojas’ paternal grandmother.
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