​The ​New York Mets search for a new GM in the wake of Sandy Alderson's resignation has likely led them to agent ​Brodie Van Wagenen. He is in charge of CAA Sports' baseball division. 


Van Wagenen represents many star Mets, including Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and probable NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom. Among his other clients are Tim Tebow and Robinson Cano. 


Van Wagenen has no prior experience managing a baseball team or serving as an executive in any capacity. This fact led Buster Olney to eviscerate his expected hire via Twitter.

Olney has a totally valid point. Van Wagenan may have contract negotiation down pat, but finding and acquiring talent is a totally different beast.


Van Wagenan would be the most unusual hire of the Mets final three candidates. Brewers senior advisor and former GM Doug Melvin is the more traditionalist, old school baseball hire, while Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom represents a younger, analytically driven point of view. 


Mets fans seem to want Bloom, with him taking 69% of the 5,371 votes in a Twitter poll. Van Wagenen finished in last with just 12%. 

​​Van Wagenan's hire would be nearly unprecedented in baseball, but not totally uncommon in sports. The NFL and NBA have seen several agents or people that were not previously in managerial or executive roles assuming a GM-type role. Sometimes they work out (Rob Pelinka with the Lakers), and sometimes they don't (Sashi Brown with the Browns).


The Mets would be entering uncharted waters with Van Wagenan, a move that could blow up in their faces in a heartbeat.