Buck Showalter: Mets owner Steve Cohen announces new manager

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Buck Showalter to become next Mets manager, owner Steve Cohen announced via twitter.

Showalter, 65, is the American League’s three-time coach of the year with 1,551 wins in his 20-year managerial career. Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro were also in consideration for the position, according to ESPN.

By Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, the Mets will sign Showalter on a three-year contract.

After starting his managerial career with the Yankees in 1992, Showalter last coached in 2018, his final year of a nine-season stint with the Orioles.

Showalter will succeed Luis Rojas, whose team option for 2022 was denied after the Mets missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season. New York went 77-85 last year, finishing third in the NL East.

The Mets have been busy in the offseason so far, giving Showalter a lot of talent in his first season. Despite the loss of pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the Angels in free agency, the Mets signed outfielder Starling Marte to a four-year, $ 78 million contract.

But the team’s biggest move was spending $ 130 million on a three-year contract for three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. The Mets also signed outfielder Mark Canha and infielder Eduardo Escobar before the lockout began.

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