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Mets: Three things Brodie Van Wagenen got right in his first year

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 02: New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen talks to reporters during batting practice before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 2, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 02: New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen talks to reporters during batting practice before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 2, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 21: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates his first career walk off single with teammate Pete Alonso #20 in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field on August 21, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in 10 innings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The J.D. Davis Trade

Among all of the transactions Van Wagenen made in year one, the J.D. Davis trade reigns supreme. The Justin Wilson signing is looking pretty good, but it’s a short-term deal and far less impactful than the Davis deal.

Rising Apple has covered Davis plenty this year. Admittedly, I didn’t know much about the guy when the Mets first landed him. I was cautious about the deal and didn’t believe he had much in him.

Do you see this yellow stuff on my face? It’s a whole lot of egg. I think I’ll save it for breakfast tomorrow when I eat my crow.

The Davis deal has been sensational for the Mets. The kid has turned into a key piece of the franchise. Because he’s able to play multiple positions—albeit poorly—they have a few options this offseason when it comes to building around him.

Prior to Davis’ breakout, many were still pushing the narrative about how poor every single one of Van Wagenen’s offseason transactions went. The Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz trade with the Seattle Mariners has only gotten worse as the season progressed. However, the Davis deal has only grown in favor of the Mets.

Nobody knows exactly how valuable Davis will become to the franchise in the coming years. As a man without a defined position, it’s tough to plug him into the lineup easily. From a more glass-half-full perspective, this just means the Mets can use him in a variety of ways.

Easily the best decision of BVW’s time as the general manager, Davis helped save the Mets from having their second consecutive offseason without a single good move.

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