Brodie Van Wagenen

Brodie Van Wagenen (born March 9, 1974) is an American sports agent and former executive. He was formerly the general manager for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and served as a co-head of the baseball division at CAA Sports. He is currently an executive for Roc Nation.

Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen at Spring Training 2019 (46267390165) (cropped).jpg
Van Wagenen in 2019
Born (1974-03-09) March 9, 1974 (age 48)
Alma materStanford University
SpouseMolly Knight (m. 1996)
Children3

Early lifeEdit

Van Wagenen grew up in Southern California, where he attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California, before receiving a scholarship to Stanford University. He was the starting right fielder for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team as a freshman and sophomore in 1993 and 1994. After dislocating his shoulder while swinging at a pitch from USC's Randy Flores, Van Wagenen tallied only 24 at bats in his final two seasons at Stanford.[1] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication in 1996.[2]

CareerEdit

After graduating from Stanford, Van Wagenen was hired by the Chicago Bulls to sell tickets and sponsorship deals. Van Wagenen left the Bulls to work briefly for a short-lived startup which created websites for athletes.[1]

Sports agentEdit

Van Wagenen began his agent career at IMG working for Casey Close and Mark McCormack. His first client was Randy Flores.[1]

At Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Van Wagenen was a Co-Head of CAA Sports' Baseball division.[3] Van Wagenen has been noted[clarification needed] by Forbes,[4] and, in March 2012, Sports Business Journal named Van Wagenen to its "40 Under 40" list of "the best young talent in sports business."[5]

For Yoenis Céspedes, Van Wagenen negotiated a three-year, $75 million contract with the New York Mets that included an opt-out after the first season (2016). The $25 million average annual value of the deal matched the highest average annual value ever for an outfielder.[6] Cespedes opted out of his contract after the 2016 season and in November 2016 re-signed for $110 million over four years, setting records for annual average value ($27.5 million) records for an outfielder and any Mets player in franchise history and the second-highest AAV ever for a non-pitcher. In sum, it guaranteed Cespedes $137.6 million over five years with the Mets.[7]

In December 2013, Van Wagenen negotiated a $240 million, 10-year contract for Robinson Canó with the Seattle Mariners.[8] The deal made Cano just the fifth player to sign a contract for $200 million or more with only Alex Rodriguez ever signing a contract worth more in guaranteed salary. Cano's contract more than doubled the previous record guarantee for a second baseman,[9] was the largest contract ever for a player who had not had a 35-homer season and was just the fifth 10-year contract of the past decade.[10]

In 2016, Van Wagenen became the baseball agent for former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow as Tebow made the transition from football to baseball. Tebow signed with the Mets.[11] He also represented the Mets' Jacob deGrom.[12]

Front office careerEdit

In October 2018, Van Wagenen interviewed to replace Sandy Alderson as the New York Mets' general manager.[13] On October 29, the Mets announced the hiring of Van Wagenen as their general manager.[14] On November 6, 2020, hours after Steve Cohen closed on the Mets purchase, Van Wagenen was fired. He was replaced by former Diamondbacks assistant general manager Jared Porter.

Return to representation industryEdit

In January 2021, Van Wagenen was named COO and Head of Strategy and Business Development of Roc Nation Sports, the sports management division of the entertainment agency founded by Jay-Z.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Van Wagenen's wife, Molly (née Knight; no relation to baseball journalist Molly Knight), is also a graduate and former diver at Stanford University. They have three children. Molly Van Wagenen's step-father was astronaut Neil Armstrong.[16] Van Wagenen's father, Jeff Van Wagenen, played professional golf on the European Seniors Tour (1999–2008).[17] Van Wagenen served on the board of directors for Stanford University's Buck/Cardinal Club from 1998–2004. Molly serves on the board of directors for the Stanford University Athletic Department.[citation needed]

He is a descendant of Louis DuBois, who came to the United States fleeing religious persecution in France. He is also a descendant of the Van Wagenen family of Ulster County, New York.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Martin, Dan (November 2, 2018). "Brodie Van Wagenen has been preparing all his life for this shot". New York Post. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "list of Stanford lettermen". Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Mullen, Liz (April 9, 2012). "Nontraditional model pays off for CAA Baseball". Sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Friedman, Zack. "Brodie Van Wagenen". Forbes.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Forty Under 40". Sportsbusinessdaily.com. March 12, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Yoenis Cespedes agrees to deal with New York Mets". Espn.com. January 27, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Kristie Ackert (November 29, 2016). "Yoenis Cespedes returning to Mets on record-breaking four-year, $110 million deal". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Robinson Cano and Seattle Mariners finalize huge contract". Espn.go.com. December 13, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Jon Heyman (December 12, 2013). "Jon Heyman on Twitter: "Cano deal is highest for 2B, $240M to $110M for pedroia. And for lefty hitter (Votto, $225M)."". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  10. ^ Larry Stone. "How the Mariners landed Robinson Cano | Larry Stone". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "New York Mets sign former QB Tim Tebow to minor league contract". Espn.com. September 8, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "Prominent agent Brodie Van Wagenen is favorite to land Mets GM job, reports say | MLB". Sporting News. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Puma, Mike (October 25, 2018). "Mets' GM hunt is down to two after surprise elimination". New York Post. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Mets throw a changeup, hire agent Brodie Van Wagenen as GM".
  15. ^ "Brodie Van Wagenen Back In Agency Business, Joins Roc Nation Sports". www.sportsbusinessjournal.com. Retrieved October 24, 2022.
  16. ^ Connor, Tom. "Top of His Game: Brodie Van Wagenen brokers some of the fattest contracts in Major League Baseball and has nearly as much star wattage as The power players he represents". New Canaan-Darien Magazine. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  17. ^ http://www.europeantour.com/seniortour/players/playerid=3551/index.html Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, European Seniors Tour player bio, Jeff Van Wagenen.
  18. ^ "Brodie Van Wagenen genealogy". Ourfamtree.org. Ray Gurganus. Retrieved September 4, 2020.

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Preceded by New York Mets General Manager
2018–2020
Succeeded by