Van Wagenen’s Most Notable Clients include Ryan Zimmerman, Robinson Cano and Yoenis Cespedes. Ryan and Van Wagenen Structured a Whopping 6 Year, $100 Million Deal
New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/05/2019 -- Just months ago, the Mets introduced Brodie Van Wagenen as their new G.M. and a recovering agent. Sources say that Van Wagenes has made a very smooth transition into his new role. Van Wagenen has earned immense accolades for structuring the best and the most unique deals and contracts in 2016. His most notable being being Ryan Zimmerman. Ryan, Van Wagenen worked together for many years and had built up tremendous history. Similar to Van Wagenen's, a decision like this is very rare for an MLB team to make. However, it seemed an easy decision due to Van Wagenen's impeccable record and past success. These kinds of career jumps of an agent becoming a GM are quite rare sights in the industry.
This former agent says that his vision for the club is to 'build, not rebuild'. The Sports Business Daily, an online journal also featured Brodie under their Forty under 40 Feature https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2012/03/12/Forty-Under-40/Brodie-Van-Wagenen.aspx. The article tells fans on how van came a long way from working as a paid intern for Chicago Bulls to being one of the first employees of CAA. There was no looking back for Van and nothing stopped him from becoming one of the most successful agents of all times. During an interview he said that "We have always kept our eye on the fact that we work for the player. The player doesn't work for us".
Fans can know more from the news on MLB https://www.mlb.com/news/brodie-van-wagenen-introduced-by-mets/c-299985832. The news throws light on the behind the scenes story as to how the idea of leaving the role of a successful agent was plotted in Van Wagenen's mind. More news is available on https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/sports/brodie-van-wagenen-mets.html. Van Wagenen says "I recognize I am not the path of least resistance" during an introductory news conference held at Citi Field. "But I'm confident that Mets fans will understand and believe this will be a great partnership going forward, and we can bring a championship not only now but in years to come", further added Van.
Brodie was featured in Forbes.com for executing some of the largest and happening contracts in the industry: Robinson Cano's 10 year $260 million deal and Ryan Zimmerman's 6 year $100 million deal. Ryan says Van Wagenen is a natural fit for a role like this. This new role could be very fruitful for the team as Van Wagenen's immense experience as an agent can add to the skillset. Here's wishing Brodie Van Wagenen the very best in his new role.
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About Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen born on March 9th, 1974 is an American sports executive former agent. Prior to accepting the post of GM for Mets last year, Van worked at CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and also served at co-head at CAA sports for the baseball division. Van attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino and grew up in Southern California. He received scholarship to Stanford University where he became the starting right fielder for the Stanford Cardinal Baseball team in the year 1993 and 1994. Van holds a bachelor's degree in Communication. Van is married to Molly, a fellow graduate and former athlete at Stanford University. Van and Molly have three children.
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