As the dust continues to settle after the New York Mets’ outside-the-box hiring of former CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen as general manager, one of his more prominent former clients in Flushing finally gave his $.02 on the matter.
Jacob deGrom is expected to take home his first National League Cy Young Award this Wednesday after pitching to an MLB-leading 1.70 earned-run average, 1.99 fielding independent pitching rating, and 8.8 fWAR rating (led all MLB pitchers).
Besides calling the process “a little confusing” and admittedly “[still trying to] wrap my head around it”, the 30-year-old right-hander spoke with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com about the hiring and how he expects his former agent to fare in his new role.
“I honestly think he’s going to do a good job at this. You hear all of this conflict of interest stuff,” he said. “I don’t really know how to feel on that part of it. But I truly do believe he is going to be rooting for every player on our team, and try to help them out the best he can.”
Clearly, deGrom has a ton of confidence in Van Wagenen’s ability to transition into his new job, and that’s encouraging. Jake is assuredly a leader in the Mets’ clubhouse. The nature of the relationship between a player and agent is an intimate one — and that’s putting it lightly. His approval speaks volumes.
Van Wagenen probably knows more about deGrom, baseball and otherwise, than anyone else in the world (excluding friends and family, naturally). If Jacob deGrom is cool with Brodie Van Wagenen taking the reins of this organization’s baseball operations, the rest of the roster — and, quite frankly, the rest of the baseball world — should be cool with it, too.