Sources: Mets managerial search is now down to Rojas, Meulens and DeFranceso. Suppose there’s always chance of a late entrant but I don’t see it. They see benefits of going internal.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) January 22, 2020
The Mets' sudden search for a new skipper came after Carlos Beltran, who was hired two months ago, stepped down for his role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal in 2017.
The Mets' focus on internal candidates made Rojas, Meulens and DeFrancesco the likely candidate to become the new manager.
Meulens was hired as the Mets' bench coach this offseason after working for the San Francisco Giants from 2010-’19.
DeFrancesco, who was a finalist to originally become the Mets’ skipper, was hired as their first base coach in December after serving as a Triple-A manager since 2017.
Rojas, the son of Felipe Alou, has served as a manager in the Dominican Winter League for Years. He also received significant consideration to become the Mets' manager before the organization went with Beltran.
Because spring training is just a few weeks away, the Mets will likely try to name a manager before players report to their spring training complex.
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