Tag: Yoenis Cespedes

Mets Sign Two-Time All-Star Carlos Gomez to Minor-League Deal

According to reports, the New York Mets have signed centerfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league contract.

Gomez started his career with the Mets when he signed as an international free-agent back in 2002 and debuted in the majors in 2007. He spent a year with the Amazins’, batting .232 and stealing 12 bases before being traded to the Minnesota Twins in a deal that would send two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana to New York.

He was almost traded back to the Mets again in 2015 for Wilmer Flores, an incident that left Flores on the field in tears. However, the trade fell through because of Gomez’ medical evaluations.

“In the game, I heard I was getting traded, and I got emotional, and when I came in, they told me there was no trade,” Flores said at the time. “I was sad, being a Met forever, I have all my teammates here, that’s why I got emotional.”

Now having been named an All-Star twice and a Gold Glover once, Gomez will look to redeem himself after a shotty 2018 campaign, hitting .208/.298/.336 with just nine home runs and 32 RBIs and 15 doubles over 118 games. He was also hit by pitches a career-high 21 times.

Gomez will have plenty of competition in the outfield as he attempts to make the Mets Opening Day Roster. Despite the injury to Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, and Keon Broxton are all on major league deals. Also, Rajai Davis and Gregor Blanco are in camp on minor league deals. 

The Mets will hope to milk the last of Gomez’ baseball skill as the veteran’s career comes to a close. His best season came in 2013 when he hit a career-high .284 10 triples, 24 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 40 stolen bases, winning a Gold Glove and being named an All-Star in the same year.

 

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Introducing Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen

The New York Mets recently filled their front office vacancy by hiring Brodie Van Wagenen to replace Sandy Alderson as the organization’s GM.

Van Wagenen has established himself as one of the most prominent professionals in the sports business industry as an agent with the Creative Artists Agency. As the Co-Head of CAA’s Sports’ Baseball division, Brodie has represented many high profile clients, including  Ryan Howard, Robinson Canó, and Ryan Zimmerman. He has also had a number of current Mets as clients such as Yoenis Céspedes, Noah Syndergaard, Tim Tebow, and Cy Young candidate Jacob deGrom.

Although he does not have any front office experience, the Mets have the utmost confidence that Van Wagenen will be able to use the skills he has acquired over his career to guide the Mets’ front office, making the team relevant in the MLB landscape once again.

His knowledge of all things baseball makes him a perfect candidate for his new role, any many professionals in the industry agree.

“He’s built to run things; he’s built to lead,” said his ex-teammate Kyle Peterson. ““In many ways, he’s been preparing for this role for the last 25 years. He was one of the leaders in his industry. It’s not like he needed a job and I know he wouldn’t have taken any job. He’s going to surprise people who don’t think he’s ready. He has a million things to learn, but if you’re assuming he can’t learn them, you’d be wrong.’’

“He lives in this market, he knows our team, knows the pace of the city, said Mets Assistant GM John Ricco.” “So he doesn’t have the institutional knowledge, well, we have a lot of people in-house that do. Can we cover it? Those are the questions I was asking myself. I’m a little less a believer that this is a real leap of faith. I think he brings a lot of the things the good GMs have already and we can cover the things he doesn’t have.”

While being a front office member of a New York team is never easy, the consensus is that his transition into his new position will be relatively smooth and will bring the same impact he had on his clients as an agent to the entire Mets franchise as their leader.

 

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