I did my best to try to build a pair of New York Mets teams for an experiment. One team would feature players acquired by Brodie Van Wagenen. The other would be made up of players he either traded away or let go in free agency.
I ran into a problem. Not enough Mets players were traded away or left via free agency. I couldn’t actually build that roster. From what I did muster up, things looked a little more favorable for Brodie than many might expect.
For instance, he did give us Marcus Stroman, J.D. Davis, and the newly reinvented Edwin Diaz. The follies of his tenure weren’t so much about what he traded away (other than some hopeful prospects) but more about how often he missed. There were plenty of those and I would like to talk specifically as to why they were major whiffs.
The Mets added too many injured players/guys who would end up suspended
While doing this list, I found a lot of guys who barely played at all for the Mets because of injuries. Jed Lowrie leads the way. Dellin Betances is yet another poorly added treat. Let’s also not forget the likes of Keon Broxton (DFA), Jake Marisnick (injury), and Robinson Cano (suspension).
I know every GM is going to sign guys who end up seeing far less action than expected. However, as any Mets fan will tell you, there were far too many misses in this department for Van Wagenen.
We can look past lesser signs that didn’t do much. Carlos Gomez, Brian Dozier, Adeiny Hechavarria, etc. came in as minor league depth. I don’t think anyone can confidently say they thought any of those guys or the men of their same ilk could have done much more.
As the saying goes, the best ability is availability. BVW’s acquisitions failed this test.