Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that former major leaguer Carlos Beltrán has turned down opportunities to interview for open managerial positions with other teams — the Cubs and Padres, per Newsday’s Anthony Rieber — because he only wants to manage in New York. As the Yankees aren’t exactly looking for a new manager at the moment, that means the Mets specifically.
Beltrán has been serving as the Yankees’ special adviser to the general manager. His name has been floated as a potential manager since he retired after the 2017 season, and even interviewed with the Yankees to manage the club before they ultimately decided on Aaron Boone.
The Mets fired Mickey Callaway shortly after the regular season ended. The club improved from 77-85 last year to 86-76 this year but the season was tumultuous, including an incident in which Callaway cursed out a journalist and tried to have him removed from the clubhouse. So the Mets probably don’t want their next manager to do that.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).