Former New York Mets general manager Brody Van Wagenen was hired as the chief operating officer of RC Nation Sports on Wednesday, returning to the representation business two years after his unconventional leap into a baseball front office.
Van Vagenen, 46, has worked with Ross Nation in the past when he was co-head of the Creative Artists Agency’s baseball division, helping to negotiate a nine-figure contract for Robinson Cano and Yonis Cespedes.
The Mets fired Van Vagenen as part of a comprehensive overhaul of their baseball operations department when Steve Cohen bought the team in November. Roshan Nation, run by Sean “Jay-Z” Carter and run by Juan Perez, offered a role, including the titles of strategy and business development.
“We believed Jay and Juan returned in 2013,” Van Vagenen said. “We kept in constant contact with them. It was a natural homecoming.”
Van Wagenen, whose clients included Cano, Cespedes, Jacob DeGrom and Tim Tebow, said he would focus on big-picture issues rather than the day-to-day work of his past as a baseball agent but would remain active in baseball. world.
“Brody’s business knowledge is undeniable and unique,” Carter said in a statement. “Ever since we first worked with Brody, we realized a shared commitment both with athletes and off the field. They have always been given extended family and now it’s official.”
Van Vagenen’s tenure with the Mets began with a blockbuster trade that sent top prospect Jarred Kellnick to the Seattle Mariners for Edo Diaz, the Canoes and All-Star closer. Although the Mets improved to 86–76 in Van Vagenen’s first year, they fell short in the playoffs. After the team struggled for fourth place in 2020, Cohen vacated the front office.