General manager Brody Van Wagen and most of his front office are leaving the New York Mets, the team announced Friday.
Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen announced the move less than an hour after completing the team’s $ 2.4 billion purchase.
Also going will be Special Assistant to General Manager Omar Minaya, Assistant General Manager Allard Baird and Adam Gutridge and Executive Director of Player Development Jared Banner. The position of senior vice president and senior strategy officer John Ricco was not mentioned.
Cohen ended the franchise’s control of the Wilpon family after 34 mostly disappointing years and took the title of Chief Executive Officer. In his first move, he hired former Mets general manager Sandy Alderson as the team’s president and ended Jeff Wilpon’s tenure as chief operating officer.
Alderson, not Cohen, announced the departure of the baseball staff and said he had begun the process of building a leadership staff.
“I would like to thank Brody, Allard, Adam and Jared for their contributions over the past two years,” he said in a statement. “I would especially like to thank Omar for his long and distinguished service to Oates in many important capacities.”
Van Wagenen was a player agent and co-head of CAA Baseball before Wilpon hired him to replace Alderson after the 2018 season. The Mets took an 86–76 lead, finishing third in the NL East, and van Wagenen fired manager Mickey Callaway and replaced Carlos Beltran.
But when Beltran was implicated as a player in January by Commissioner Rob Manfred in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal in 2017, he lost his job within days without managing a game and was replaced by a Quality Control official Luis Roses took over.
New York went 24–34 and missed the extended playoff in the 2020 season.
Many of Van Wagenen’s moves failed to work, including acquiring second baseman Robinson Cano and signing free agents Todd Frazier and Jed Lowry. All three were among his former customers.
Van Wagenen congratulated Fred Wilpone for “an intelligence and love that made us all feel like we are part of his family” and for Jeff Wilpon “incredible opportunities and unwavering support” and “unmatched work ethic and sacrifice” ‘ for. To build ‘City Field’, which opened in 2009.
“We took a team that suffered losses in 2017 and 2018 in the season 2018 and the actual success in 2020 before the epidemic,” Van Vagenen said in a statement. We did not reach our goal in 2020, the work you did to keep everyone safe and healthy in the midst of the COVID-19 threat was instrumental in the successful completion and success of the Major League Baseball season . ”
Friday’s move makes Roja’s future uncertain. Astro GM GM Jeff Luhoven, who fired a season-long suspension last week, could be a candidate for the analytically-oriented Cohen.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.