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Van Wagenen Agrees In Principle To Become New Mets GM

October 27, 2018 - 2:52 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Mets and Brodie Van Wagenen have agreed on a deal that would make the super agent the team's next general manager, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman confirmed Saturday.

The deal has been finalized. It will become official at a Citi Field press conference this week after the World Series ends. 

Van Wagenen was one of three finalists to replace Sandy Alderson, beating out Tampa Bay Rays Vice President of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom and former Brewers and Rangers GM Doug Melvin.

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Hiring the 44-year-old Van Wagenen, the co-head of CAA's baseball division who has no experience in a front office, is an unorthodox move, one that has raised some questions about conflicts of interest. Among Van Wagenen's clients are Mets Yoenis Cespedes, Jacob deGrom, Todd Frazier and minor leaguer Tim Tebow. Some agents, including Scott Boras, have said they have problems with the idea that Van Wagenen could use sensitive, personal information entrusted to him as an agent against a player while acting in the best interest of the organization he would then be running.

Tony Clark, the executive director of the players' association, said he has been contacted by a number of players who are alarmed about the likely Van Wagenen hire. 

Van Wagenen is expected to retain assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi. That trio split GM duties this season after Alderson went on medical leave to focus on his fight with cancer.