Mets OF Brandon Nimmo thinks the Mets are "getting the best of both worlds" with agent-turned-GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
"I think you're gonna get someone who's really in to the analytics -- knows how to read 'em -- but also has that baseball mindset where he's gonna let the analytics kind of help him make baseball decisions and not the other way around," Nimmo said. "So I think we're getting the best of both worlds in that. I'm excited to see what he's gonna do."
Nimmo, who said he has spoken with Van Wagenen, cited his intelligence, but also seemed excited that the new GM had played the game before -- with Nimmo saying Van Wagenen was an injury shy of playing in the pros.
The 44-year-old Van Wagenen, who has divested all of his interests in CAA, has taken some heat from some who think his switch from agent to GM is a conflict of interest. Lots of that heat has come from agent Scott Boras.
Aside from Nimmo (who was not represented by Van Wagenen), Todd Frazier and Jacob deGrom (who were represented by Van Wagenen) have also weighed in on the hire.
"I've known him a very long time," Frazier told Matt Ehalt of The Record in late October. "He is a great person who's also really smart and knows the game well. This is a great start for us going into the offseason."
DeGrom told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo that the transition of Van Wagenen from agent to GM "was a little confusing," but that he thought the hire would turn out well.
"I honestly think he's going to do a good job at this," deGrom said. "You hear all of this conflict-of-interest stuff. I don't really know how to feel on that part of it. But I truly do believe he is going to be rooting for every player on our team, and try to help them out the best he can."
Aside from deGrom and Frazier, Van Wagenen's former Mets clients include Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Robert Gsellman, Tim Tebow, and Justin Dunn.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said during Van Wagenen's introductory press conference that there are provisions in Van Wagenen's contract that deal with potential conflict of interest issues, but didn't elaborate.