The New York Mets conducted presumably the first of their second round of interviews for their vacant general manager position on Monday, meeting with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) agent Brodie Van Wagenen. He reportedly met with several team executives, as well as Fred and Jeff Wilpon.
As per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Van Wagenen “interviewed today, but elected not to participate in a media call due to the nature of his current role as an agent representing Mets players”.
Van Wagenen is the co-head of CAA’s baseball division and represents Mets star pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, as well as other current Mets Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Jason Vargas.
In a statement from Van Wagenen (issued by the team, via Tim Healey of Newsday), the super-agent seemed to say all the right things.
“My conversations with the Mets continue to be organic. I believe baseball is better when the Mets are competitive and successful. That success is better for the fans, players, and the economy of the sport.”
“As Jeff and Fred continue their search for a new head of baseball operations, the players, fans, and [the] entire organization will be motivated to have a leader with the skills and commitment to win. If the Wilpons believe I am that person, we will have that conversation.”
As per reports, the Mets narrowed their list of candidates down to Van Wagenen, former Brewers GM Doug Melvin, and Tampa Bay VP of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom.
It is notable that the Van Wagenen did not speak with the media after his interview with the team as it was reported late last week that all second-round interviewees would speak with the media once their interview was completed, but in his case, that did not happen.