NY Mets predictions and expectations for November 2020
By Tim Boyle
The search for a new general manager begins
Something I think most fans will get excited for is the search for a new general manager. It’s hard to imagine Cohen becomes the owner and keeps Brodie Van Wagenen. From what it seemed, BVW was a Wilpon-man. Why would Cohen keep him around after two straight years of missing the playoffs?
Sandy Alderson is already expected to rejoin the organization which means the team already has an experienced voice to handle the GM duties. The club could go out and hire a big name general manager or possibly bring in a guy Alderson would like to groom for the job. I feel it’s the latter.
Van Wagenen just didn’t do enough during his two years in the position. He may have caught a raw deal with the shortened 2020 season, but so did everyone else. He built his team around the same circumstances. He had the expanded playoffs like the other 29 teams. And yet the Mets finished in a tie for last place in the division.
Moreover, Van Wagenen has had some epically bad trades. The Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade with the Seattle Mariners doesn’t look quite as gruesome, but other decisions have already decimated the farm system and done their share of damage to the club’s future.
The outcome of Van Wagenen’s decisions seem to fall perpendicular to what Alderson did during his time with the organization. Alderson did a great job at building for the future. Van Wagenen may have succeeded here as well, but we won’t know until his draft picks develop.
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Van Wagenen will not be the Mets general manager this winter. It’s a prediction a lot of fans will sink their teeth into then smile.