Mets has done a lot of business in recent years with Brodie Van Wagenen, a prominent agent who has worked for M’s players like Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Nimmo and Todd Frazier.
Mets now deals with Van Wagenen in a different and oorthodox way: to make him fill his senior executives. After a search that came down to two finalists, Van Wagenen has become the leading candidate of three people who were familiar with the negotiations who were not authorized to speak publicly because an agreement had not been completed.
As Van Wagenen, 44, has no experience as lawyer, second finalist Chaim Bloom, 35, senior vice president of baseball operations for Tampa Bay Rays, seemed to be a safer bet. Van Wagen would also need to overcome concerns about conflicts of interests because of the sensitive information the players tend to share with their agents ̵
1; including their lowest expectations of pay in negotiations.
“I would be confident in advocating and understanding and estimating confidential information remains as such,” said Tony Clark, CEO of the gamer association.
The Metsna was expected not to introduce his new boss until at least next week after the World Series series such as Boston Red Sox head over Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1.
The one who acquires Mets best baseball job will have a lot of work to do. After reaching the World Series 2015 and going to the final game again in 2016, the team has had two straight lost seasons and changed managers. Questions will also consist of how much power a new boss has given the owners, the Wilpon family, to being strongly involved in the team’s business.
Van Wagen, who played baseball at Stanford University, has broker nine conflicts for stars like Ryan Zimmerman, Robinson Cano and Cespedes. This year, Forbes Van Wagen ranked the 25th most powerful agent in sport. Through his clients he is familiar with M’s inner work.
Van Wagen would replace Sandy Alderson, who in June rose after seven plus years due to recurrent cancer. Meanwhile, Mets was led by three managers: Deputy General Manager John Ricco, and the specialists J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya.
Agents have moved to front office over baseball and other sports with mixed results. Dave Stewart, a former corps, left his authority to become General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks 2014 but lasted only two seasons, both lost.
Rick Hahn and Dennis Gilbert abandoned both careers as agents to become Chicago White Sox executives; Hahn is now General Manager and Gilbert a Special Assistant.
I N.B.A. Bob Myers pared his agent experience to a chance to build the Golden State Warriors into a championship team. Rob Pelinka, another former agent, took over the Los Angeles Lakers last year and helped attract the superstar LeBron James to the team this season.
Metsna invited three candidates – Bloom, Van Wagenen and Doug Melvin, former CEO of Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers – for other interviews this week. Since the management of news media is part of a manager’s responsibility, Mets asked that everyone should speak with reporters on a conference call.
Melvin, a senior consultant for the brewers, followed through, but because of their current roles, Van Wagenen and Bloom chose instead to release statements through Mets.
“In my role as an agent, my solution is to create opportunities for players to succeed both on and off the field,” says Van Wagenen in his statement. “By creating partnerships between players and teams, all parties’ interests can be adjusted.”  He added, with reference to Wilpons: “Because Jeff and Fred continue their search for a new head for baseball operations, the fans play and the entire organization will be motivated to have a leader with skills and dedication to winning. If Wilpons thinks I’m that person, we’ll have that conversation. “
Van Wagenen would have to leave his agency – he was one of the basics of the powerful Creative Artists Agency – to become a law manager, but it may be tough with his former customers at Mets.
For example, deGrom, who will be freelance after the 2020 season has on many occasions said that he would be open for a contract extension to remain with Mets. Van Wagenen and Mets held discussions after the first call this winter. In July Van Wagenen criticized Mets for “inertia” and suggested that deGrom should be traded if the team did not want to extend him.
But if Van Wagen is on the other side, they could have wondered how much Mets would know about their bargaining position.
Scott Boras, another powerful agent said he had concerns about the protection of inside information.
“The reality is once you know, you know,” Boras said. “If you are to serve your employer’s interests, how can you Do not you earn that dynamic by not revealing him all such information? You are not required not to reveal it, which agents are not. “