Luis Rojas will remain in New York even after being fired as the Mets manager at the end of the 2021 MLB season. Rojas decided to accept the offer from the Mets’ crosstown rivals New York Yankees and will serve as a third-base coach for them.
The Yankees confirmed the hiring on their official social media on Monday.
Rojas, who is stepping in after Phil Nevin didn’t get his contract extended, is the latest addition to the Yankees’ reshuffled coaching staff. Several new faces are joining manager Aaron Boone in the dugout for the 2022 campaign after the franchise previously opted to part ways with several coaches after a disappointing playoff exit in 2021. This includes Nevin, first-base coach Reggie Willits, hitting coach Marcus Thames, and assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere.
Luis Rojas has been a part of the NY Mets’ organization since 2007. He served in various roles with the franchise before taking over as a manager for the shortened 2020 MLB campaign. In his first year in charge, Rojas led the Mets to a 26-34 record and finished season at the bottom of NL East.
The Mets opened in 2021 with a strong run that saw them being at the top of the division for more than 100 days before experiencing a sharp decline in form. They ended the campaign with a 77–85 record, prompting the franchise to decline Rojas’ option for 2022.