As first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen has emerged as a significant favorite for the Mets vacancy at General Manager. Passan reported that his source tells him that Van Wagenen is expected to be the next head of baseball operations for the New York Mets.
An agent to run the franchise? Talk about out of the box! So who is Brodie Van Wagenen?
Van Wagenen is currently the co-head of Creative Artists Agency’s baseball division. Forbes Magazine has him listed as #25 on their list of the World’s Most Powerful Sports Agents in 2018. He was responsible for some of the biggest contracts in sports (not just baseball) history. Robinson Cano’s 10 year $260 Million deal and Ryan Zimmerman’s 6 year $100 Million deal can be largely credited to Van Wagenen’s work as an agent. He is respected in the baseball world although he has never worked in a baseball operations department before.
“I believe baseball is better when the Mets are competitive and successful,” Van Wagenen said in a statement after interviewing with Fred and Jeff Wilpon on Monday. “That success is better for the fans, players, and the economy of the sport,”. “The players, fans and the entire organization will be motivated to have a leader with the skills and commitment to win. If the Wilpons believe I am that person, we will have that conversation.”
Amongst Van Wagenen’s current client list include several players within the Mets organization including stars like Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard, and Todd Frazier. Outfielder Tim Tebow who was assigned to the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies is also on Van Wagenen’s client list. This past July, Van Wagenen was championing a contract extension or a trade for ace pitcher Jacob deGrom, as he put it to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic “Jacob has expressed interest in a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come. If the Mets don’t share that interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now.” The statement garnered a lot of attention.
Van Wagenen reportedly has a good relationship with both Jeff and Fred Wilpon and although the Mets have yet to conclude negotiations with him, all signs point to the agent as their next guy to run the franchise. If he were to accept such a position Van Wagenen would have to drop his current clients before running the Mets.
A lot can still change between now and when an official announcement is made. There are also plenty of questions to be both asked ─ and eventually answered but it seems like the Mets found their preferred candidate for their General Manager vacancy, and it wasn’t who we all expected.