Besides announcing that the Mets have decided to forgo hiring a president of baseball operations and instead will focus on bringing in a new general manager, team president Sandy Alderson announced one other important bit of news in his call with reporters Monday: Luis Rojas will return as manager in 2021.
"I’m looking forward to working with Luis, with our new general manager [and] the rest of the baseball operations group toward a successful 2021 season,’’ Alderson said.
When asked if he has concerns that the incoming GM might not get along with a manager he did not hire, Alderson said he has no such concerns. He said he has spoken about Rojas with all of the GM candidates he interviewed and that all agreed bringing him back was the right move.
In a text message to reporters, Rojas said: "I’m thrilled to be the manager under the leadership of Sandy and to try and win a World Series. We look forward to putting in the work and making our fans proud."
Explaining reversal of call
As for the decision to not hire a president of baseball operations, Alderson said the Mets had problems getting permission to speak to some of the candidates.
They did speak to some GM types who would have been promoted to the position, he said, but he decided to focus on hiring a GM. Alderson said the hope is to hire someone who can grow into the president of baseball operations role.
Alderson said he has spoken to Michael Conforto, but not about a contract extension. He did say he would check with Conforto’s agents to see what their thinking is on what it would take to get that done . . . When he was asked if the Mets might release Robinson Cano after his one-year suspension for PED use, he said no . . . He also was asked if Tim Tebow will return in 2021 because it has been good for the Mets and baseball. Said Alderson, "This is not something that will go on forever. And at some point, it will lose its cachet or the interest of fans.’’