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Mets to name Brodie Van Wagenen new general manager

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The Mets are finalizing paperwork to make CAA Sports agent Brodie Van Wagenen the organization’s newest general manager, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. As Craig noted on Friday, Van Wagenen was the presumed frontrunner for the position, despite his various conflicts of interest with the club. Sherman adds that an official press conference will be held to announce Van Wagenen’s hiring on Tuesday or Thursday, pending the conclusion of the World Series this week. The team has yet to confirm the appointment.

An additional report from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo revealed that the 44-year-old had been in talks with the Mets about the GM position — first as an advisor, then as a candidate — ever since Sandy Alderson stepped away from his role this summer. They ultimately elected not to go with either of the two finalists they were considering alongside Van Wagenen: Rays senior VP of baseball operations, Chaim Bloom, and Brewers senior advisor and two-time GM Doug Melvin.

It’s unclear exactly what Van Wagenen has in store for the Mets moving forward, and there are more than a few who doubt his ability to approach the role with the impartiality and expertise necessary to succeed. Per DiComo, CAA may promote fellow agents Jeff Berry and Nez Balelo in light of Van Wagenen’s departure. They’re also expected to try to retain his former clients, including current Mets players Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, and Tim Tebow, among others.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.