New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen won’t commit on a lot of things. This includes trades of the big pitchers or where Tim Tebow begins 2019.
Something is bothering me with New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. When he was an agent, the guy said exactly what he thought. In the new role, he’s saying words with nothing behind them.
Now that he’s on the job and the offseason is underway, it’s time to answer questions. Nearly every answer he gives leaves every possible scenario open regardless of how ridiculous it may be.
Van Wagenen has not indicated whether or not he plans to trade either Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard. The hot storyline of this past summer may not have much heat this winter. I can’t imagine a world where Van Wagenen deals either. The starting rotation is the bread, butter, and two-course desert for the Mets. Moving either in his first offseason without getting a steal in the trade would not help him or the team.
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This answer is something we should expect. If Van Wagenen plans to trade them, he can’t say so days before deGrom takes home a Cy Young. If he doesn’t plan to trade either and then goes ahead and does it, how would we ever trust him?
The more ridiculous non-committal statement from Van Wagenen was in regards to Tim Tebow. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Van Wagenen has not ruled out the possibility of Tebow making his way onto the Mets Opening Day roster.
There’s politicking and then there’s being outright ridiculous.
Tebow has yet to play a single game at the Triple-A level. With Peter Alonso knocking on the big league door so loud and many signs pointing to a start in Syracuse, why would anyone believe for a second Tebow could crack the Opening Day roster?
Van Wagenen has made similar statements about Travis d’Arnaud’s future and the offseason in general. I understand those. He can’t say he wants to get rid of a guy.
Before the big coaching staff shake-up, there wasn’t any public indication that Van Wagenen would make as many changes as he did. Given this, I fully expect to not believe a word he says. His actions will do the talking.
Thus far, I’m unimpressed with Van Wagenen’s ability to outline his plans. As the new guy, he could benefit from taking a stand and actually making an honest statement in either direction.
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You’re not running for office, Brodie. Tells us something you want to do then go and do it.