The search is over, and the New York Mets have found their manager. The Mets named Carlos Beltran the 22nd manager in the franchise’s history.
Beltran and the Mets agreed on a three-year deal worth $3 million with a fourth year option. The Mets introduced their new manager in a press conference held at the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field.
The news brings an end to a long, drawn-out managerial search that began when the club revealed on October 3 that they were firing Mickey Callaway after two seasons at the helm. The club interviewed a number of candidates, including Joe Girardi—who eventually went on to become Philadelphia Phillies manager.
Beltran concluded his 20-year playing career in 2017 with a World Series championship as a member of the Houston Astros. He finished with 435 home runs and 312 stolen bases while putting together a .279/.350/.486 slash line, a 118 wRC+, and a 69.6 bWAR. He played seven of those season with the Mets, where he hit .280/.369/.500 with 149 home runs and a 129 wRC+. Since retiring, he’s worked for the New York Yankees as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman. He revealed earlier this offseason that he was only interested in managing the Mets, and had declined interviews for other positions.