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Mets: A trio of bold predictions for Steve Cohen’s first offseason

Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; A detailed view of the cleats and socks worn by New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; A detailed view of the cleats and socks worn by New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 25: Manager Luis Rojas #19 of the New York Mets walks on the field before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on July 25, 2020 in New York City. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Braves defeated the Mets 5-3 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

3) The Mets retain current Manager Luis Rojas

Before Steve Cohen announced that Sandy Alderson would be returning to a role in the Mets front office, I fully believed that current Manager Luis Rojas would be dismissed with current General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Now I still believe that Van Wagenen is going to be fired, however with Alderson now returning to the organization I believe Rojas’s job may be safer than it was previously.

There is a sense of familiarity with Rojas and Alderson, as Rojas has been a coach in some capacity with the Mets since 2007, and he was previously seen as a riser in the organization prior to landing the managerial position after the Carlos Beltran debacle. Rojas also has managed many of the Mets current homegrown players through the Minor League ranks and I believe there is a sense of familiarity as well as comfort that I don’t think the organization would want to disrupt especially with may expected sweeping changes ahead.

I honestly believe Rojas didn’t get a fair shake at the job considering he managed a 60-game abbreviated season in his first rodeo as a Major League Baseball manager. Nonetheless, it also seemed as the season went on that his overall performance and comfort level as manager improved.

Rojas also brings a robust background in baseball analytics after being the first-ever Quality Control Coach in Mets history back in 2019. With Steve Cohen already planning on beefing up the Mets baseball analytics department this offseason it would make little sense to rid themselves of a brilliant analytical mind that they already possess in the dugout.

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Amidst Steve Cohen bringing back an old friend in Sandy Alderson as well as making a sizeable investment in the Mets analytics department, I believe Luis Rojas may be given another opportunity with a full 162-game season to help turn the Mets losing ways around in 2021.

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