The Mets fired Carlos Beltran on Thursday, just 77 days after hiring him as their new manager, 73 days after introducing him at a Citi Field news conference and, even more to the point, three days after Rob Manfred rocked the baseball world with a report on illegal sign-stealing by the Astros.
Plenty of questions emerged from this whip-quick chain of events that left Beltran as the third skipper let go in four days as a result of this scandal. Here are some answers:
Q: So what’s the deal? Did the Mets and Carlos Beltran truly “mutually part ways,” as the Mets worded it in their press release?
A: Believe it or not, there is some truth to that wording. Look, the Mets drove this bus. They decided to move on from Beltran. Yet once the Mets arrived at that decision, Beltran, understanding he had erred badly, stood down.
Q: So what’s the financial agreement they reached?
A: Beltran had a three-year deal worth around $3 million That is now off the Mets’ books. As part of a negotiated settlement, sources say the team made a donation of about $200,000 to Beltran’s eponymous foundation.
Q: What happens to the coaching staff that Beltran and the Mets’ front office…