NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen of the New York Mets speaks during the 97th annual New York Baseball Writers' Dinner on January 25, 2020 Sheraton New York in New York City.
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Zack Wheeler and New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen have a nasty back-and-forth in the media.

On Thursday, Zack Wheeler publicly took a shot at the New York Mets. When asked if he was disappointed about not receiving a contract offer from them, the right-hander responded that he wasn’t surprised because “it’s them. It’s how they roll.”

Wheeler was clearly talking about how New York continuously fails to spend money, even to keep their own players. It’s something that’s caused fans to express frustration for many years.

After Wheeler’s quote, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen decided to fire back.

 

With this statement, BWV is ignoring the fact that Wheeler has statistically been a top-10 pitcher in baseball for the last two years. But that’s just how the Mets roll though. They don’t focus on the analytics, possessing one of the smallest departments of such nature in the MLB.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Van Wagenen views Wheeler the way he does. Nonetheless, it should come as a surprise that he made that view public.

Yes, Wheeler took the initial shots at the Mets. But there’s still no excuse for an executive to call a player out. It’s a quick way to alienate the players on your team and potential free agents. Who would want to play for a general manager who attacks players?

All in all, it’s just another example of why Van Wagenen was a great agent, but not the best general manager.

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