David Wright sees some of himself in Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
The former Mets third baseman, who is now a special assistant to the GM and COO Jeff Wilpon, compared Van Wagenen's engine to that of his as a player.
"I always wanted to outwork the competition and I feel like Brodie is similar in that aspect," Wright told SNY's Chris Williamson on Friday during a surprise visit to speak with the NYIT baseball and softball teams. "Time will tell about his decisions but his work ethic and the way he outworks the competition bodes well for the franchise."
Wright has worked closely with Van Wagenen in recent months, being brought to Las Vegas for the Winter Meetings in December before being hired as a special assistant.
While he is not involved in the day-to-day activities with the front office, Wright is on the phone with Van Wagenen often.
"It's a part-time role, but Brodie from day one has been very accepting of picking up the phone and asking my advice on certain things," he said. "I certainly don't expect him to use that advice all the time, but it's nice for him to pick up the phone and call a player and get a players' perspective on things. So I think I can bring something to the table in that regard."
Wright first saw Van Wagenen in action when he was with the front office during the Winter Meetings, where the Mets garnered headlines trying to work a deal for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. While they did not strike a deal, Wright spoke about how valuable that experience was.
"Being around the Winter Meetings, you see how hard he works, both him and Jeff," Wright said. "From the moment when we got up in the morning in the hotel to midnight, nights, there were different scenarios, different proposals, different ideas and to kind of be on the inside of that and see how Brodie's mind never stops -- both him and his staff ... They have a ton of passion, ton of great ideas and it is fun to be a part of."