Before the Mets announced Brodie Van Wagenen as the club’s new general manager on Monday, the 44-year-old was an agent with Creative Artists Agency, representing clients such as Robinson Canó, Tim Tebow, and Jacob deGrom. deGrom’s teammates Todd Frazier, Jason Vargas, and Noah Syndergaard are also represented by CAA.
Van Wagenen had, for a couple weeks, been rumored to be among the finalists for the vacant GM position. Last week, fellow agent Scott Boras said it would be a conflict of interest for an agent to become a GM, though the transition is not without precedent. In an effort to remove that conflict of interest, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Van Wagenen has divested himself from his business interests affiliated with his now-former agency. That means that if the Mets are able to sign deGrom to a contract extension, Van Wagenen won’t receive any portion of it as he would have previously.
Dave Stewart did the same thing when he went from being an agent to GM of the Diamondbacks in 2014, transferring control of the agency to his friend Dave Henderson.
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.
Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.
Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.
In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.