Carlos Beltran will be next Mets manager
While Beltran has no big-league managerial experience, this move does not come as much of a surprise, as he has been speculated as one of the favorites to land the Mets job ever since New York fired Mickey Callaway at the conclusion of the 2019 campaign.
Beltran had a 20-year major-league playing career, with six-and-a-half of those seasons coming with the Mets.
He arrived in New York via free agency in 2005 and put forth a rather disappointing first year in the Big Apple, slashing .266/.330/.414 with 16 home runs and 78 RBI.
However, the following three years, Beltran very much lived up to his contract, earning a couple of All-Star appearances and posting OPSes of .982, .878 and .876, respectively.
The Mets made one playoff appearance during Beltran’s tenure with the club, making it to the NLCS in 2006.
Over the entirety of his MLB career that spanned seven different teams, Beltran slashed .279/.350/.486 with 435 home runs.
New York won 86 games this season and has missed the playoffs each of the last three years. The Mets have made just two postseason appearances since 2007, and going back even further than that, New York has made the playoffs just three times since 2001.
Aside from their one World Series appearance in 2015, the Mets have largely been one of the least successful franchises in baseball during that span, finishing in fourth place or worst in the National League East nine times since 2001.
New York last made the playoffs in 2016, where it lost to the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card Game.