J.D. Davis is one of the few success stories Brodie Van Wagenen can add to his resume. Unless he’s fired as the New York Mets General Manager, Davis isn’t going anywhere.
A new offseason for the New York Mets means anything can happen with this front office and roster between now and the start of the 2021 season. Two things everyone is paying attention to is team personnel and who the general manager is.
The Mets won’t be able to make any major changes to the roster until at least after the World Series. Likely, we won’t see any general manager change either. That might be one of Steve Cohen’s first moves; firing Brodie Van Wagenen.
Van Wagenen is in a tough spot right now with this transition. He didn’t do himself any favors either. He made many questionable transactions in his first winter and regular season with the club. He may have had an even worse offseason and trade deadline for the 2020 campaign.
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One of the moves we do credit him with completing is the thievery of J.D. Davis from the Houston Astros. Nobody saw Davis performing as excellently as he did in 2019.
Although not nearly as impressive in 2020, Davis still looks like he could be a core piece of this franchise. However, unless BVW stays, Davis looks like a logical choice to trade this winter.
I can’t picture Van Wagenen gambling on one of his best acquisitions. With Sandy Alderson also back in the picture, I think the guys he brought to the Mets will take priority the same way CAA clients did under Brodie.
This is no guarantee, but let’s face the fact that anyone working in the game at such a high level has an enormously large ego. Even if years have gone by since Alderson first saw some of these guys play, I think he would prefer to see former draft picks of his shine with the major league club than not.
That’s not to insinuate that Alderson will become the general manager again. He’ll have power and sway but not the official title.
This certainly sounds better for the Mets. The only people it’s bad news for are Brodie Van Wagenen and people that invested in a J.D. Davis jersey.
Davis is one of the four major position players I think we could all see them trading this winter. He added value to his game with his performance at third base in 2020, opening up more possibilities. He’s not a kid; already 27-years-old as of April 2020. The Mets should be able to get something nice back for him in any trade.
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But that trade isn’t happening until Van Wagenen packs up his bags and is seen on the side of the highway with his thumb in the air.