Brodie Van Wagenen has switched sides at the bargaining table, going from being an agent at CAA to the Mets' new GM. On Tuesday, Todd Frazier became the first of Van Wagenen's clients to weigh in on the switch.
"I've known him a very long time," Frazier told Matt Ehalt of The Record. "He is a great person who's also really smart and knows the game well. This is a great start for us going into the offseason."
Van Wagenen said during his introductory press conference on Tuesday that he had spoken to a number of his former clients about the move, and suggested they were happy about it.
Aside from Frazier, Van Wagenen's former Mets clients include Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Robert Gsellman, Tim Tebow, and Justin Dunn.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday that Cespedes was happy with the hire of Van Wagenen.
By taking the job with the Mets, Van Wagenen has divested himself of all interests in CAA, though potential conflict of interest issues still remain for his former clients who are on the Mets.
Wilpon said Tuesday that there are provisions in Van Wagenen's contract that deal with potential conflict of interest issues, but didn't elaborate.
Van Wagenen's highest-profile former client and now-employee is deGrom. And Van Wagenen said on Tuesday that he wanted to keep on the Mets for a 'long time.'