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.
MLB is filled with more trained and really smart executive candidates than at any time in history -- and the idea that the Mets would hire for GM someone w/o experience running any part of a ball team makes absolutely no sense. The disaster potential is staggering & unnecessary.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 26, 2018
Olney has a totally valid point. Van Wagenan may have contract negotiation down pat, but finding and acquiring talent is a totally different beast.
Updated poll! Whom do you want to be the Mets' next GM?— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) October 22, 2018