New York Mets: Sandy Alderson says Luis Rojas is “very likely” to remain the manager in 2021

Andres Chavez
Feb 12, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets manager Luis Rojas addresses the media following the morning spring training workout. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets introduced, via Zoom, their new owner Steve Cohen and his president: old friend Sandy Alderson. Both said that while they won’t spend like “drunken sailors” they want to win.

Cohen specifically said that if the New York Mets don’t lift the World Series trophy in the next three to five years, he will be “slightly disappointed.” Both men stressed the importance of building a culture of winning and sustainability.

The two men completely overhauled the Mets’ front office, starting with former general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and nearly all of his staff. The manager position, however, was a question mark before today’s press conference.

Luis Rojas, who has been with the Mets for several years in a variety of roles (even back when Alderson was the GM) just finished his first season as the team manager. It wasn’t a particularly successful one, as the Mets finished with a 26-34 record and in last place of the National League East division. However, Alderson said that Rojas is “very likely” to remain the team’s skipper in 2021.

Rojas know the Mets and the Mets know Rojas

The Mets’ president specified that he has been talking with Rojas about the matter for some time. While he didn’t quite make it official, it does sound like he is leaning towards keeping the young manager for at least another season.

However, Alderson wants to ensure that his front office hires have their opinion about Rojas before things making it official.

Most of the New York Mets’ players are familiarized with Rojas and have worked with him as all of them rose from the minor leagues, where he managed for a few years. He knows their strengths and weaknesses, and while the results weren’t there in his first season, he accumulated valuable experience for the future.