Brodie Van Wagenen

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Brodie Van Wagenen
New York Mets
General manager
Born: (1974-03-09) March 9, 1974 (age 44)
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Brodie Van Wagenen (born March 9, 1974) is an American sports executive and former agent. He is the general manager for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He previously worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and served as a co-head of the baseball division at CAA Sports.

Background[edit]

Van Wagenen grew up in Southern California, where he attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California, before receiving a scholarship to Stanford University. He was the starting right fielder for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team in 1993 and 1994. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication in 1996.[1]

Career[edit]

Sports agent[edit]

At Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Van Wagenen was a Co-Head of CAA Sports' Baseball division.[2] Van Wagenen has been noted by Forbes,[3] and in March 2012, Sports Business Journal named Van Wagenen to its "40 Under 40" list of "the best young talent in sports business."[4]

For Yoenis Céspedes, Van Wagenen negotiated a three-year, $75 million contract with the New York Mets that included an opt-out after the first season (2016). The $25 million average annual value of the deal matched the highest average annual value ever for an outfielder.[5] Cespedes opted out of his contract after the 2016 season and in November 2016 re-signed for $110 million over four years, setting records for annual average value ($27.5 million) records for an outfielder and any Mets player in franchise history and the second-highest AAV ever for a non-pitcher. In sum, it guaranteed Cespedes $137.6 million over five years with the Mets.[6]

In December 2013, Van Wagenen negotiated a $240 million, 10-year contract for Robinson Canó with the Seattle Mariners.[7] The deal made Cano just the fifth player to sign a contract for $200 million or more with only Alex Rodriguez ever signing a contract worth more in guaranteed salary. Cano's contract more than doubled the previous record guarantee for a second baseman,[8] was the largest contract ever for a player who had not had a 35-homer season and was just the fifth 10-year contract of the past decade.[9]

In 2016, Van Wagenen became the baseball agent for former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow as Tebow made the transition from football to baseball. Tebow signed with the Mets.[10] He also represented the Mets' Jacob deGrom.[11]

Front office career[edit]

In October 2018, Van Wagenen interviewed to replace Sandy Alderson as the New York Mets' General Manager.[12] On October 29, the Mets announced the hiring of Van Wagenen as their general manager.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Van Wagenen's wife, Molly, is also a graduate and former athlete at Stanford University. They have three children. Molly Van Wagenen's step-father was the late astronaut Neil Armstrong via his second wife.[14] Van Wagenen's father, Jeff Van Wagenen, played professional golf on the European Seniors Tour (1999–2008).[15] Van Wagenen served on the Board of Directors for Stanford University's Buck/Cardinal Club from 1998–2004. His wife, Molly, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Stanford University Athletic Department.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "list of Stanford lettermen". Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Mullen, Liz (April 9, 2012). "Nontraditional model pays off for CAA Baseball". Sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Friedman, Zack. "Brodie Van Wagenen". Forbes.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Forty Under 40". Sportsbusinessdaily.com. March 12, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Yoenis Cespedes agrees to deal with New York Mets". Espn.com. January 27, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Kristie Ackert (November 29, 2016). "Yoenis Cespedes returning to Mets on record-breaking four-year, $110 million deal". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Robinson Cano and Seattle Mariners finalize huge contract". Espn.go.com. December 13, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Jon HeymanVerified account (December 12, 2013). "Jon Heyman on Twitter: "Cano deal is highest for 2B, $240M to $110M for pedroia. And for lefty hitter (Votto, $225M)."". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Larry Stone. "How the Mariners landed Robinson Cano | Larry Stone". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "New York Mets sign former QB Tim Tebow to minor league contract". Espn.com. September 8, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Prominent agent Brodie Van Wagenen is favorite to land Mets GM job, reports say | MLB". Sporting News. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Puma, Mike (October 25, 2018). "Mets' GM hunt is down to two after surprise elimination". New York Post. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  13. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/25122849/mets-throw-changeup-hire-agent-brodie-van-wagenen-gm
  14. ^ Connor, Tom. "Top of His Game: Brodie Van Wagenen brokers some of the fattest contracts in Major League Baseball and has nearly as much star wattage as The power players he represents". New Canaan-Darien Magazine. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  15. ^ http://www.europeantour.com/seniortour/players/playerid=3551/index.html, European Seniors Tour player bio, Jeff Van Wagenen.

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Preceded by
Sandy Alderson
New York Mets General Manager
2018–
Succeeded by
Incumbent