Luis Rojas is officially returning as Mets manager.
Having previously stated that Rojas is expected to return, Sandy Alderson, the team’s president, announced the manager’s return on Monday, even as the organization is looking for a CEO.
Alderson, who will be head of baseball operations, said none of the roughly six GM candidates he interviewed were against Rojas returning for a second season.
“For the person in whose circumstances they agreed that bringing Louie back as a manager is the right thing to do,” Alderson said. “It’s not like it’s a one-sided decision on my part or on an existing organization.” We really discussed this with the candidates to be GMs and generally agreed that this was the right thing to do in this particular case. It’s not as if the decision was made for us, but the issue has been expanded, and I feel good that this isn’t going to happen to a rifle marriage.
Rojas led Metset to a record 26-34 in the shortened season of the pandemic.
“I’m really happy to be the manager under Sandy and I’m trying to win a World Series,” Rojas said. “We hope we can get to work and make our fans proud.”
According to Alderson, decisions will be made in the coming weeks about the coaches of Rojas ’staff.
Michael Conforto’s contract position has not been uncovered since the end of the season, Alderson said. The winger represented by Scott Boras will start his last season before the free agency.
“At some point, I’m sure we’ll introduce this topic, measure their temperature, and see where things stand,” Alderson said. “But now these conversations haven’t taken place.”
Alderson spoke with Tim Tebow around 2021 and said he encouraged the former Heisman Trophy winner to continue his efforts to reach the major leagues with the Wild. Tebow, 33, will be eligible for Rule 5 draft next month, but is unlikely to be selected by a team given the 40-man roster.
“I think Tim is committed to coming back, and I think we’re committed to giving him a chance to do that and see where he’s going,” Alderson said. “It’s not an endless mission. Sometime it will peak, but I think it will come at once. Tim and the organization come to some sort of agreement on where he is and what his options are. “