General manager Brodie Van Wagenen and most of his main office will leave the New York Mets, the team announced Friday.
The moves are announced less than an hour after hedge fund chief Steve Cohen completed his $ 2.4 billion purchase.
Special assistant to general manager Omar Minaya, assistant general manager Allard Baird and Adam Guttridge and player development executive Jared Banner will also leave. The positions of senior vice president and senior strategy office John Ricco were not mentioned.
Cohen ended control of the Wilpon family franchise after 34 years of near disappointment and held the position of chief executive. He hired former general manager Mets Sandy Alderson as team chairman during his first move and terminated Jeff Wilpon’s term as chief executive.
Alderson, not Cohen, announced the departure of the baseball team and said he had begun the leadership-building process.
“I want to thank Brodie, Allard, Adam and Jared for their contributions over the past two years,” he said in a statement. “I would especially like to thank Omar for his outstanding long-term service to Mets in so many important roles.”
Van Wagenen served as player agent and co-chief of CAA Baseball before Wilpon hired him to replace Alderson after the 2018 season. The Mets have a record 86-76, finishing third at NL East. and Van Wagenen fired coach Mickey Callaway and replaced him with Carlos Beltran.
But when Beltran was involved in baseball commissioner Rob Manfred in January during the sign theft scandal in the Houston Astros during Beltran’s final season as a player in 2017, Beltran lost his job for several day without managing a match and was replaced by qualified control coach Luis Rojas.
New York won 26-34 and missed the open playoffs.
Friday’s moves left Rojas’s future uncertain. Astros’s GM Jeff Luhnow, who completed a season-long suspension last week, could be a contender for analysis-oriented Cohen.
Many of Van Wagenen’s moves were unsuccessful, including the acquisition of second-warrior Robinson Cano and signing of freelance agents Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie. All three are among these old customers.
Information from the Associated Press has been used in this report.