The Carlos Beltran era is over before it even began for the New York Mets.
With their new manager caught up in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, the club decided to mutually part ways with Beltran, the club announced on Thursday.
“We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to mutually part ways,” read a statement from Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and executive vice president and GM Brodie Van Wagenen. “This was not an easy decision. Considering the circumstances, it became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s best interest for Carlos to move forward as manager of the New York Mets. We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter in his baseball career. ”
Beltran is the third manager to be ousted in the wake of Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Astros.
“I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team,” Beltran said in a written statement. “I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.”
On Monday, Houston fired manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow hours after MLB handed down one-year suspensions. A day later, the Red Sox parted ways with skipper Alex Cora, the Astros’ bench coach in 2017.
MLB named Beltran – who was a player on the 2017 Astros – in its report released Monday. The league didn’t discipline any players, but Beltran was the only one identified in the report.
“Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter,” commissioner Rob Manfred wrote.
In a separate statement Thursday, Beltran addressed his role in the 2017 sign-stealing.
“Over my 20 years in the game, i’ve always taken pride in being a leader and doing things the right way, and in this situation, I failed,” Beltran said. “As a veteran player on the team, I should’ve recognized the severity of the issue and truly regret the actions that were taken.”
Beltran played 129 games for the Astros in 2017, the final season of his 20-year career. He went 3-for-20 in 10 postseason games, winning the World Series for the first time.
Beltran was introduced as the Mets’ manager on Nov. 4, eight days before an explosive story on The Athletic detailed the Astros’ electronic sign-stealing schemes with details provided by former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers.
Beltran interviewed for the Yankees’ managerial vacancy after the 2017 season, but the job ultimately went to Aaron Boone. A year later, the Yankees hired him as a special advisor to GM Brian Cashman.
Now, less than a month before spring training begins, the Mets are in search of a new manager.
Hensley Muelens, who was hired as the team’s bench coach this winter, has interviewed for multiple managerial jobs in recent years and is a strong in-house option. He spent the past 10 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, serving eight years as hitting coach and the last two as bench coach under Bruce Bochy.