The Carlos Beltrán era ended before it began for the New York Mets.
With its new manager trapped in the Houston Astros cartel theft scandal, the club decided to separate from each other from Beltran, the club announced Thursday.
“We met Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to separate from each other,” read a statement from Mets operations director Jeff Wilpon and executive vice president and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. “This was not an easy decision. Given the circumstances, it was clear to all parties that Carlos was not interested in anyone advancing as manager of the New York Mets. We believe that Carlos was honest and communicative with us. We are sure that this will not be the last chapter of his baseball career. We remain excited about the talent of this team and are committed to achieving our goals of winning now and in the future. “
Beltrán is the third manager to be expelled following the Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Astros.
“I thank you for giving me the opportunity, but we agree that this decision is the best for the team,” Beltrán said in a written statement. “I could not afford to be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization to succeed in the future.”
Monday, Houston fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow hours after MLB gave one-year suspensions. A day later, the Red Sox separated from captain Alex Cora, the banking coach of the Astros in 2017.
MLB named Beltrán, who was a player at the 2017 Astros, in his report published on Monday. The league did not discipline any player, but Beltran was the only one identified in the report.
“About two months after the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, argued that the team could improve by decoding the signals of the opposing teams and communicating the signals to the batter,” commissioner Rob Manfred wrote.
Beltrán played 129 games for the Astros in 2017, the last season of his 20-year career. He went 3 by 20 in 10 postseason games, winning the World Series for the first time.
Beltran was introduced as manager of the Mets on November 4, eight days before an explosive story about The athletic He detailed the Astros electronic bill theft schemes with details provided by former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers.
Beltrán interviewed for the Yankees managerial vacancy after the 2017 season, but the work finally went to Aaron Boone. A year later, the Yankees hired him as special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman.
Now, less than a month before spring training begins, the Mets are looking for a new manager.
Hensley Muelens, who was hired as the team’s banking coach this winter, has been interviewed for several management positions in recent years and is a good internal option. He spent the last 10 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, serving eight years as a batting coach and the last two as a bank coach under Bruce Bochy.