Mets president Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that it's "very likely" Luis Rojas will return as manager in 2021.
Alderson, speaking along with new owner Steve Cohen during an introductory news conference via Zoom, said he had recently spoken with Rojas and that he was keeping the door slightly "ajar" out of respect for the process.
“I have talked to Luis a couple times since Friday and most recently yesterday," Alderson said. "We talked about his situation, his coaching staff. What I told Luis is it’s very likely he will be managing the Mets in 2021. But I left the door open slightly ajar for respect of the process we’re going through now to find a president of baseball operations.
"I don’t want to (prevent) that person from having some input. But I did have those conversations with Luis, and as I said, my expectation is he will be managing the Mets in 2021.”
In his first season at the helm, Rojas guided the Mets to a record of 26-34 during the shortened campaign that took place amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While the Mets underachieved this past season due to injury and ineffectiveness, Rojas' in-game moves were largely sound.
He was also adept when it came to his interactions with the media, and was well-liked by the players -- maintaining the clubhouse popularity he was heralded for when he was hired.