Rojas interviewed for the same position after the team fired Mickey Callaway, this after spending the 2018 season as the quality control coach for New York. This was a newly-created role for Rojas, who was in charge of being the "conduit," working between the front office and the manager. He has spent 13 years with the Mets' organization, including being the manager of several minor league levels for them.
He is the son of former major league baseball player and manager Felipe Alou, and the brother of six-time All-Star Moises Alou, who played his final two seasons with the Mets. Rojas changed his last name from Alou to match his birth certificate, but was born in the Dominican Republic. He played minor league baseball with the Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins, and Washington Nationals from 2000 to 2005, but never got above rookie ball. He was voted as the best managerial candidate in the minor leagues by his peers, and he is now the first replacement announced from the scandal. Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox: you're up.
In another minor note from baseball, the Kansas City Royals are bringing back outfielder Alex Gordon on a one-year deal. The contract makes it the 14th season for Gordon with Kansas City. He is set to make $4 million, but the rest of the terms of the contract were not disclosed. He has spent his entire career with the Royals, but became a free agent this past November. He was coming off a four-year, $76 million contract, and is set to turn 36 next month. The outfielder is coming off a season that saw him bat .266 with 13 home runs and 76 RBIs. He is a career .258 hitter with 186 home runs and 734 RBIs since getting selected in the 2005 MLB Draft.