Brodie Van Wagenen, whose turbulent tenure as Mets GM came to an end last fall when Steve Cohen purchased the team from longtime owner Fred Wilpon, has a new gig lined up as COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Roc Nation Sports, an agency founded by rap mogul Jay-Z in 2013. Van Wagenen has had ties to Roc Nation, an imprint of Creative Artists Agency, for some time, owing to his previous stint as co-head of CAA’s baseball division. Prior to joining the Mets’ front office, the 46-year-old had represented a number of high-profile clients including All-Star Yoenis Cespedes, Robinson Cano, two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom and former Heisman recipient Tim Tebow.
"Brodie's knowledge of the business is indisputable and unparalleled," said Shawn Carter, better known by his rap alias, Jay-Z, via ESPN’s Jeff Passan. "Since we first worked with Brodie, we realized the shared commitment to athletes both on and off the field. He's always been extended family and now it's official."
Van Wagenen had hoped his transition from sports agent to MLB general manager would be a smooth one, but clearly that wasn’t the case. The former Stanford outfielder was in over his head as a GM, puzzling Mets fans with questionable trades, none more head-scratching than New York’s acquisition of Cano and erratic closer Edwin Diaz in exchange for top prospect Jarred Kelenic.
Former Diamondbacks executive Jared Porter was later hired in Van Wagenen’s stead, though his Mets stint lasted all of one month after being fired for sending inappropriate text messages to a female reporter in 2016. The Mets announced Wednesday that Senior Vice President Zack Scott will begin serve as acting general manager effective immediately.