Carlos Beltran, former Yankee player and until now, a front office special adviser with the Yankees, has been named the new Mets manager.
Beltran hit .279 with 435 HR in a career that spanned from 1998 to 2017 with KC (1998-2004), Houston (2004), the Mets (2005-2011), the Giants (2011), the Cardinals (2012-2013), the Yankees (2014-2016), Texas (2016) and Houston again (2017). He also stole over 300 bases and had an OPS+ of 119. He is a strong candidate for the HOF. Twice he finished in the top 10 for MVP consideration.
As a player, Beltran was a 9x All-Star, ROY, 3x Gold Glove winner, 2x Silver Slugger winner, and finally a WS Champ in his last season.
He hit .307 with 16 HR in 65 postseason games, but Mets fans remember him being frozen on strike three to end the 2006 NLCS. Sad memory, because 2006 may have been the best season of Beltran’s career.
Beltran was one of those considered and given an interview for the Yankees managerial job that went to Aaron Boone after the 2017 season.
Beltran is 42. Like Boone, he takes over a NY team with no prior managerial experience.
Per MLB.com, Beltrán will become the ninth person to play for and manage the Mets, joining Gil Hodges, Yogi Berra, Joe Torre, Bud Harrelson, Roy McMillan, Mike Cubbage, Dallas Green, Bobby Valentine and Willie Randolph.
Of course, of those, Yogi, Torre and Green also managed the Yankees.
The Yankees and their fans will miss Beltran, but wish him good luck (unless it’s against the Yanks, of course).
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is pursuing an extension but otherwise plans to utilize the opt-out clause in his five-year contract, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). A decision on that opt-out provision is due today, leaving his representatives at Magnus Sports with a small window to work out a new deal.
In the event that an extension isn’t reached, the Yankees will surely issue him a $17.8MM qualifying offer, which he’ll reject in order to head into free agency.