The New York Mets are finalizing a deal to make quality control coach Luis Rojas their new manager, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday.
Rojas, 38, will replace Carlos Beltran, who stepped down as manager last week after his involvement in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal was revealed. Beltran had been hired in November to replace the ousted Mickey Callaway.
Rojas, the son of the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals' all-time winningest manager Felipe Alou and brother of former Expos player Moises Alou, has been with the Mets organization since 2007. He joined Callaway's staff last year to coach in the majors for the first time.
"I think it's the fit," Van Wagenen said. "It's where the team is. I think it's the culture we're trying to create.
"He has a good finger on the pulse of this team."
Rojas had minor league stints with both the Orioles and Nationals/Expos organizations as a player from 2000-05. His dad was 691-717 as manager of the Expos from 1992 to 2001, and his brother was an All-Star with the team in 1994, playing under their father.
After coaching for New York in the Dominican Summer League in 2007, Rojas got his first managerial role with the Mets' rookie-level team in 2011. He also coached at Class-A and Double-A. The Mets had previously interviewed him for the big league job before hiring Beltran.
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