Top Candidates to Replace Carlos Beltran as Mets Seek Third Manager in 27 Months

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Top candidates to replace Carlos Beltran as New York Mets manager Bruce Bennett/Getty

On Thursday, the New York Mets announced that they had mutually agreed to part ways with head coach Carlos Beltran, who was recently hired by the team in November 2019.

The decision comes amid Beltran's involvement with the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, in which the MLB discovered that they were using electronic monitors to steal signs from other teams during the 2017 season. The MLB released a report of its investigation, which named Astros head coach A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow as two of the main instigators in the scandal, and suspended them for a year. The Astros later fired the two men.

The report also named Beltran as one of the players who "discussed how that the team could improve on decoding opposing team's signs and communicating the signs to the batter." However, because the league chose not to punish those players who were part of the Astros organization, Beltran was not levied any fines or a suspension.

Despite avoiding punishment from the league, the Mets decided that they wanted to move in a different direction, forcing them to search for their third manager in 27 months.

Newsweek has detailed some of the possible candidates that could replace Beltran as the head coach for the Mets.

Buck Showalter

After ending his 9-year stint as the head coach of the Baltimore Orioles in 2018, Showalter remains unemployed but could be a viable option for the Mets. Showalter has a record of 1,551-1,517 and won American League Manager of the Year in 1994, 2004 and 2014. Though Showalter has yet to be hired by a new team, it seems that he is interested in coaching again. ESPN recently reported that he interviewed with the Astros for their head coaching position. Showalter could provide a veteran presence to a young Mets team.

Luis Rojas

Rojas, who is currently the quality control coach for the Mets, could be a potential candidate for the head coaching position if the team wants to stick with an internal option. Rojas has also been a part of the Mets franchise for some time now. He coached the Dominican Summer League Mets in 2007, the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2008 and the St. Lucie Mets in 2015. Prior to the Mets' hiring Beltran in November, they interviewed Rojas for the position, which shows that the team could potentially give him another chance.

Eduardo Perez

Like Rojas, Perez was a runner-up for the Mets' head coaching position prior to Beltran. Perez played in the major leagues from 1993 till 2006 with a number of different teams. He also served as the bench coach for the Astros in 2013 and was named the team's first base coach the following season, but resigned prior to the start of the season. Perez currently works as a host for SiriusXM's MLB Radio Network but could potentially help the Mets fill their head coaching vacancy in a timely fashion.

Dusty Baker

As with Showalter, Baker could serve as a smart and seasoned head coach for the Mets. Baker played in the MLB for 19 seasons and then went on to coach for over 20 more with the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants. He has led each of these teams to at least one divisional title.

As a coach, he has a record of 1,863-1636 and won the National League Manager of the Year award in 1993, 1997 and 2000. While Baker has been unemployed as a head coach since 2017, but could potentially make a return as the Mets' manager.