The New York Mets are moving on in a new direction as the Mets fired manager Luis Rojas after he had a 103-119 record. The Steve Cohen Era hasn’t exactly gone off to a great start as the New York Mets struggled post-All-Star break as they failed to make the playoffs. Now, there will be another change in the front office as the Mets finally part ways.
Mets Decide to Part Ways with Acting GM Zack Scott
The New York Mets haven’t had much luck with their recent hires. You may remember that Carlos Beltran was supposed to be the Mets skipper for the foreseeable future, but his involvement in the Houston Astros cheating scandal cost him his job. Luis Rojas couldn’t live up to his potential even after the Mets traded for star shortstop Francisco Lindor, and signed him to a ten-year extension.
The Mets also avoided the debacle with former GM Jared Porter as he was dismissed shortly after getting the job. There was another employee turnover within the franchise; interim GM Zack Scott will no longer be part of the Mets’ future plans. The Mets hired Scott from the Boston Red Sox organization last December as he had an impressive resume and fit the Mets’ needs as assistant GM.
His tenure as acting GM lasted less than a full year, and it was reported last week that Scott could possibly still be a part of the front office. As of right now, the Mets have a number of voids to fill as the offseason.
Mets Focusing on Hiring GM After Failed President of Baseball Operations Search
The Mets seem to be focusing more on finding a new GM after numerous failed attempts of finding the next President of Baseball Operations. Zack Scott’s future came into question after he was arrested and charged with a DWI at the end of August. The Mets placed Scott on paid administrative leave after the arrest was made public.
At the time, the team president assumed control of day-to-day baseball ops. With Alderson’s current situation of addressing his personal health, he is expected to take a step back as a less strenuous advisory for the upcoming season when he rejoins the Mets.
Scott’s initial hearing was scheduled for October 8th resulting in a future trial scheduled for December 8. If it wasn’t for the DWI charge, Scott would have most likely become the permanent GM of the franchise for the future. However, the arrest has made him lose all the credibility he has garnered over the years.
Scott also made a controversial decision after he let go of experienced hitting coach Chili Davis during the early stages of the regular season. Scott replaced him with minor league hitting instructors Hugh Quattlebaum and Kevin Howard but the early gamble did not pay off as the Mets missed the playoffs after a hot start. The Mets had to make the inevitable decision as the team is in search of a fresh start in hopes of creating a new winning culture after the Wilpons’ era came to an end last year.
The organization has requested permission to speak to Red Sox executive vice president of baseball administration and assistant general manager Raquel Ferreira. Reportedly, the franchise remains interested in interviewing Atlanta Braves assistant GM Ben Sestanovich(after the WS concludes) and Saint Louis Cardinals assistant GM Randy Flores.