Luis Rojas not returning as Mets manager in 2022

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Luis Rojas treated image, grey jersey with orange-ish background
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Luis Rojas is not returning as Mets manager in 2022 after the club declined to pick up the option on his contract, the team announced Monday.

The Mets have offered Rojas an opportunity to remain in the organization in "a yet to be determined capacity." Decisions about the Mets' coaching staff will be made in the coming days.

"The entire Mets organization is grateful for the dedication and devotion that Luis has exhibited over the last two seasons as manager,” team president Sandy Alderson said in a statement. "He has shown a great commitment to the Mets over many years in multiple capacities. These decisions are never easy, but we feel a change is needed at this time."

Owner Steve Cohen tweeted Monday that he wanted to thank Rojas for his work as a manager. "He is a good man who represented the Mets with dignity and calm during two extremely trying years."

In a statement Rojas said he wanted to "share such heartfelt gratitude to so many in the Mets organization for not only the last two seasons as manager, but for the last 16 years in a variety of roles."

"In each and every position I held, striving for excellence was our daily mission," he said. "I will always hold the relationships and friendships, developed over the years, dear to my heart, and am forever grateful to have been able to wear the Mets uniform for so long. We live in a results oriented business, and am deeply disappointed for our staff and fans that we didn’t reach our goals this season."

Rojas, who was one of the most highly thought of managers in baseball earlier this season as the Mets persevered through a rash of injuries and a crazy schedule to take control of the NL East, saw his standing weaken during New York's second-half spiral that resulted in being eliminated from playoff contention before the last week of the season.

Rojas was in the second and final year of the contract he signed prior to the 2020 season.

Speaking about Rojas' future and the direction of the Mets on Sept. 29, Alderson said that both process and results would be taken into account when making a decision on Rojas.

"I’m big on process. But ultimately, results matter, and if you don’t have good results over a period of time, process may not survive," Alderson had said.

Luis Rojas
Luis Rojas

During the final week of the season, Rojas weighed in on his future, saying he "enjoyed" his time as manager.

"I think everything’s going to be fine," Rojas told The Athletic. "I always think that way, regardless of what it is. That’s the approach you’ve got to take as a baseball family. ...There’s no anxiety. There’s always to control what you can control and you’re going to be fine. Whatever happens, happens. I know I’m going to be fine.”

As the Mets lost their grip on the division this season and eventually fell out of contention, Rojas kept pointing to the failures of the offense -- specifically their inability to succeed in hitter's counts and to take advantage of hittable fastballs.

And with the Mets unable to right the ship and reach the playoffs after a brief resurgence in September, Rojas has now paid for their struggles with his job.

Before becoming Mets manager, Rojas rose steadily over the course of eight years while managing in the team's minor league system.

He was hired as manager prior to the 2020 season after Carlos Beltran was let go following the revelation that Beltran was part of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal when he was still a player.

The Mets are expected to hire a new head of baseball operations this offseason, and that person will now likely have the ability to choose his or her own manager.