Mets COO Jeff Wilpon stated that the team met with Beltran twice in the past 24 hours and that the two sides "mutually agreed to part ways." They claimed that it was "not in anyone's best interest" to move forward together given the circumstances. Unfortunately, this puts an end to Beltran's run as the team's manager before he even got to his first Spring Training. This one hurts for both sides due to the former outfielder being a long-time Met as a player.
He is the third manager to lose his job since the revelation of the results from the league's investigation, joining A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros and Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox. Cora was a bench coach with the Astros that season, and then the manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2018, where they won the World Series, but are accused of the exact same violation. It was reportedly a player-led program to cheat, but the coaches were aware of this program and did nothing about it. Beltran was a player on the Astros' 2017 World Series team, and was "honest and forthcoming" with the Mets about it during their meetings.
The team used trash cans and cameras to relay signs to hitters, letting them know which pitch was coming. Cora admitted to his wrongdoing before stepping away from the Red Sox on Wednesday. The Mets had hired Beltran as their new manager on November 1st, which was set to be his first managerial gig. He was given a three-year contract at the time, but they are now the third Postseason-hopeful franchise quickly on the hunt for a new manager as we inch closer to Spring Training in February.