The New York Mets will have a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. to introduce their new general manager, former CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen. However, there's concern among the MLBA, as well as from prominent agent Scott Boras, about the Mets hiring an agent who represented several of the team's star players, including Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier and Tim Tebow.
One significant concern from the MLBPA is that Van Wagenen may be able to leverage private information from some of his former clients in negotiation attempts. Unlike when former agent Dave Stewart became general manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014, Van Wagenen represents several of the Mets' star players.
Just a month ago he was trying to get the most money he could for his clients, but now he'll be trying to do the opposite.
First question for Van Wagenen: “Brodie, last July you said the Mets should either trade deGrom or give him a contract. So what are you going to do?”— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 29, 2018
The Mets are taking a big risk in hiring Van Wagenen. Between questions about his candidacy for the position over other candidates with experience running teams like Doug Melvin or Chaim Bloom, and the possibility of him knowing private information about his now-former clients, the MLBPA has a right to be very concerned.
However, it doesn't look like they're concerned enough to try to stop it, as Van Wagenen will be introduced to the media today.