The new guy in town wasted little time making a splash at the GM meetings in California.
When Brodie Van Wagenen was asked whether he had ruled out trading former clients Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the new Mets GM answered without pause:
“I haven’t ruled out anything.”
That’s probably not the answer Flushing fans were hoping for, considering Van Wagenen has made it clear his priority is winning in 2019. If the Mets have any chance of doing so, they would need deGrom — the likely Cy Young award winner — and Syndergaard, who showed flashes of brilliance, headlining the rotation again. But Van Wagenen was making no such promises.
“I think one of the messages that we’re trying to give to teams and to free agents down here is that we’re going to be open-minded to all scenarios,” Van Wagenen continued. “With the mission statement to win now and in the future, I think the goal is to try to find players who can help us do that. That may be acquiring players at no consequence via trade, or it may be we’re going to have to give something in order to get something in return.”
Just a few months ago, when Van Wagenen was a head agent for CAA and deGrom was his client, the GM had given an ultimatum to the Mets: either extend the ace or trade him.