Looking back at Brodie Van Wagenen’s best and worst moves during his tenure as Mets GM, which ends on Friday:
Jacob deGrom: Van Wagenen as GM oversees the $ 137.5 million five-year renewal that his former CAA customer received before the start of the 2019 season. DeGrom has said he will conclude negotiations after the season started, but the parties reached an agreement on the last day of the spring training session. Compared to the $ 324 million seven-year deal that free player Gerrit Cole received from the Yankees after the season, deGrom was an act of stealing from the Mets.
JD Davis: With a push from GM assistant Adam Guttridge, Mets landed Davis, then an unknown, from Houston in December 2018 without losing significant talent. Davis has become an everyday player and is more than just a formidable right-handed player.
Pete Alonso: The first rookie is placed on the Opening Day list in 2019, as Van Wagenen avoids tactics trying to manipulate service times. Alonso has set an MLB rookie record with 53 host players, and a new level of trust has probably been established between the youth players of the organization and the front office.
Draft: Under Van Wagenen’s lead, Mets has implemented a strategy of drafting higher-performing players who are in danger of not signing. Van Wagenen hit both times, with pitchers Matt Allan and JT Ginn receiving timeless deals supporting the 2019 and 2020 drafts.
Robinson Cano / Edwin Diaz: The organization’s top lead, Jarred Kelenic, was assigned to the Mariners as part of the Cano and Diaz acquisition. Both were disappointing in 2019 before recovering last season. Cano, a former CAA customer of Van Wagenen, added $ 100 million in five-year salary to Mets’s payroll.
Jed Lowrie: Van Wagenen awarded his former client a $ 20 million two-year deal under which Mets received a total of eight appearances in two seasons from the veteran midfielder, who was already facing many different injuries. Mets remained shunned Lowrie’s diagnosis and prognosis almost until the completion of his deal.
Marcus Stroman: Guessing Zack Wheeler’s departure through freelance, Van Wagenen exchanged pitch prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson for Blue Jays for Stroman, who opted out of last season after kick-off. 11 games for the Mets in 2019. The right-handed player has recently received a qualified offer from the Mets, which one source said he is inclined to refuse to look for a deal that spans much year on the open market.
Rick Porcello / Michael Wacha: In need of rotation help, Van Wagenen signed both free players at last winter’s meeting and saw both fail in 2020.
Carlos Beltran: Van Wagenen hired the former Mets star as his manager and then persuaded him to give up just 77 days later, after Beltran’s role in Astros’s scheme to steal illegal signs was uncovered. It’s fair to wonder if Beltran has been properly inspected by Van Wagenen.