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.