New Mets GM to keep Callaway, deGrom
The New York Mets introduced Brodie Van Wagenen on Tuesday as the 13th general manager in team history, and he immediately went to work, making it clear that Mickey Callaway will be retained as the team's manager.
Van Wagenen moves into the Mets' front office after being an agent at CAA Sports since 2006.
Regarding the status of Callaway, who led the Mets to a 77-85 record in his first season, Van Wagenen said: "I fully support him."
"I think one of the themes I've discussed today and will continue to be a calling card of this new regime is a culture of positivity," Van Wagenen added at Tuesday's press conference. "He has enthusiasm. He has energy. And I want to embrace that and use that to inspire players."
Van Wagenen also plans for the Mets to keep Jacob deGrom, their ace pitcher and National League Cy Young Award candidate, who made the All-Star team in 2018 and finished 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 217 innings while leading the majors with a 1.70 ERA.
"Jacob deGrom has clearly established himself as the best pitcher in baseball, Van Wagenen said of the 30-year-old right-hander who is signed through the 2020 season and also happens to be Van Wagenen's former client. "...Make no mistake, I believe Jacob deGrom is an incredible talent and I hope to keep him a long time."
"Regardless of who the player is, and that applies to Jacob and other players on the team, we need to identify who we want and who are part of the solutions, we need to figure out how to keep them, we need to figure out who doesn't fit and figure out to convert those guys into other assets," Van Wagenen added. "But right now I want to identify who the great players are -- and Jacob deGrom is certainly one of them -- and keep them for a long time."
Since Van Wagenen formerly represented deGrom, though, he will not be involved in the negotiations to give the Mets' star pitcher a contract extension.
That goes for his other former clients, too.
"I don't think it hamstrings us because we have other people to help, but he can give us direction -- he just can't be involved in the negotiation," chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said. "Is it something we are worried about? No. And we gave it a lot of thought; and, obviously, I went through the process of making sure everyone was OK with doing this kind of arrangement and bringing an agent into our side before (Van Wagenen was hired)."
So what are Van Wagenen's plans to bring in high-priced free agents such as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado?
"I intend to be talking to every free agent on the market," Van Wagenen said. "I expect to be in on every free agent. And if they fit into our roster, we're going to go after them."
--Field Level Media
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