Tim Teufel, who had been in his first season manages Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan winter league, has been replaced as manager, the team announced. Carlos Lezcano will take over the club on an interim basis.
Leones has a 12-16 record, in sixth place of eight teams.
Teufel, a longtime Mets minor league manager, will take over the third-base coaching duties for the Mets in 2012.
Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens had managed Caracas the previous two seasons.