In the cold of winter only 2½ weeks before the start of spring training, the Mets will remain in the comfort of home in hiring a new manager.
Luis Rojas has spent 13 years in the organization in various capacities, but will now have the spotlight on him like never before, as he prepares to assume the reins in the Mets dugout. Rojas, 38, was finalizing a multi-year contract Wednesday, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, to replace Carlos Beltran, who departed as manager last week after he was named in the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scheme. Rojas will become the second-youngest MLB manager, behind the Twins’ Rocco Baldelli, who is 24 days younger.
The Mets plan to hold a formal press conference in the coming days to officially announce Rojas’ hiring. Rojas, whose father Felipe Alou managed the Expos and Giants, spent last season as the Mets’ quality control coach. Rojas’ brother, Moises Alou, played for the Mets in 2007-08.
“Luis earned this job,” Van Wagenen said at Citi Field, where he and team COO Jeff Wilpon spoke with the beat reporters who cover the Mets. “He has literally trained his whole life to be a manager. … He’s managed…