Doug Melvin also had a second interview with ownership this week, but the former Texas and Milwaukee general manager was told that he is no longer in the running. The Mets are hoping Van Wagenen's reign proves to be a more successful one. Things to know about Sunday's game 1. Van Wagenen and his new colleagues could certainly extricate themselves from the awkward discussions to follow by peddling the ace at first opportunity in the forthcoming market, but that route seems altogether unlikely at this point. Not if he can help it, anyway. The saying goes that speech day is always the most important day for the manager since that's when he lays out what he expects from his team.
Whether that will make a difference on the field is debatable. Tags: , The Mets traveled to Disney for a split-squad game against the Braves and took a 4-3 loss. We are all here to serve players. That includes a pair of sub-. If Brodie can do this successfully, it could change the conversation for sports executives. The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses which player is the best bet.
Tags: , The Mets 1-0 host the Astros 0-1 on Sunday at First Data Field at 1:10 p. Of the many questions he faces, perhaps none is more important than how he now handles , notably Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, the likely 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner and a free agent in two years. I wanted them to understand what I was setting out to do and how it could potentially benefit them in bringing a players-first mindset into an organization. After all of that, Van Wagenen still rosters 11 of his former clients, including five of the 21 notable. A boycott of spring training may be a starting point if behavior does not start to change. The Reds are among the clubs with interest, though the long-term presence of means Cincinnati can be patient.
The Mets' third finalist was 66-year-old Doug Melvin, whom they eliminated from contention earlier this week. When asked whether he would be ready for Opening Day March 28 against the Nationals , Lowrie was non committal, reiterating that there's no timetable and that he wants to make sure his injury doesn't linger. Join us in welcoming our new General Manager, Brodie Van Wagenen! Dealing with soreness in the back of his left knee, Lowrie made the trek north to see if there was anything concerning. Instead, it could just be a byproduct of how Tim Tebow and Brodie Van Wagenen as well as Mike Francesa, Alex Rodriguez and a snake pulled the attention of fans and media. Be honest and upfront, talk to the players, get to know them a little bit.
They have now completed an entirely different deal with one of professional baseball's most powerful player agents. On Monday, the Mets officially named Van Wagenen their new general manager. We're going to develop a winning culture and a winning mindset, and we will deliver this city and this fanbase a team they can be proud of. The Reds just added two fairly notable outfielders in a trade with the Dodgers, the Mets filled their need for a righty bat with , and the Astros signed. A lot of guys can't just take a ball and go the opposite field and drive it the way he does, and that's not the only place he has power. He brought over major-league free agents Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas and amateur free agent Tim Tebow.
Now, here we are on Halloween Eve, and Van Wagenen is overseeing the entire Mets organization. No players spoke during the session. Tags: , , , , , , , Peter Alonso will not be debuting with the Mets this season, because Peter Alonso is no longer his name. So he covers a lot of pitches. It was fairly interesting that Van Wagenen would take a job where he previously had a fiduciary relationship with so many of the players already on the roster. Those two had front office experience outside of their agency backgrounds, however, whereas Van Wagenen has never worked for any team in any sort of scouting or player developmental capacity. Alonso, who is battling for the Opening Day job at first base, made an error at first base on a missed throw that was ruled a hit and walked in his only plate appearance aside from the homer.
Tags: , , , , , , , , Jed Lowrie and the Mets tried to clear up some lingering questions on the extent of the infielder's sore left knee on Saturday, announcing the official diagnosis as a capsule sprain. He was awfully shrewd in his first remarks thanking his predecessor and role model, Sandy Alderson, warming the hearts of the old-school fraternity by announcing he would be hiring more scouts and developmental people while also increasing their analytic staff, and telling the players they should be celebrated. The Mets will introduce Van Wagenen as their new general manager at Citi Field today in a 2:30 p. Near the end of one such conversation, Wilpon slipped in a personal question: Might Van Wagenen be interested in the job? A strong start to the 2019 season might be enough to generate the type of return Shapiro desires. Van Wagenen, 44, appears set to switch sides after representing several Mets stars, including Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier. And if we do that, then we can overcome injuries, we can overcome regression from certain players.
The other candidate was Chaim Bloom, the Tampa Bay Rays' senior vice president of baseball operations. Given that both pitchers still have multiple years of team control, it might behoove Shapiro and the Blue Jays to start the season with the pair of righties in their rotation. Baseball is a different sport, which Van Wagenen well knows, but the Mets are confident their new hire can enjoy similar success. The have known they'd need a new general manager since Sandy Alderson stepped away from the position due to his health back in late June. While Van Wagenen cannot simply forget the sensitive information he knows about those players, he stressed that the benefits of the arrangement will outweigh the risks.
They have now completed an entirely different deal with one of professional baseball's most powerful player agents. Melvin seemingly positioned himself as a seasoned decisionmaker who can incorporate cutting-edge tools. He will undoubtedly look to bolster the bullpen. Tags: , Mickey Callaway is setting the bar high for Michael Conforto. Vargas, 35, had a dreadful season last year, allowing 1. So when Wilpon reached out to the longtime agent, with whom the club has negotiated deals for Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier and others, Van Wagenen was willing to give advice about general manager candidates around the Majors. How superior was Lowrie to other options? They interviewed at least eight of them, with three -- Van Wagenen, Bloom and Melvin -- receiving call-backs.
I had already given up some runs and I was still thinking about them instead of focusing on the pitch I was about to throw. So it came to be that Van Wagenen knotted a blue-and-orange tie around his neck on Tuesday as the Mets introduced him as their general manager. Was actually worth whatever he was offering? We put things in the past. The Mets were blown out 10-1 to the Houston Astros in their second Grapefruit League game of the season on Sunday at First Date Field. Me, I just wonder about the backstabbing.