Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, making his first public comments since the Mets reached an agreement with Steve Cohen for him to become the majority owner, spoke Friday about the sale (pending MLB owner approval), Cohen's philosophy, and what it could mean for his future as GM.
Van Wagenen, who is under contract through the 2022 season, said the pending sale to Cohen has not yet impacted his day-to-day job.
"At this point, obviously, things are different now that there has been an announcement," Van Wagenen told reporters on Friday via Zoom. "I think there's enthusiasm and excitement obviously for my relationship with the Wilpon family and the Katz family but also within the organization. This may present itself as a great opportunity for the club, and we'll look forward to seeing how that integrates as we go forward."
Adding that he spoke with Cohen this past winter, Van Wagenen said the two had not been in touch since news of the sale came out.
"From our communication, I did have a chance to sit down with Steve going back to last winter," Van Wagenen said. "We had a chance to get to know each other a little bit and talk some ideas and philosophies. As it relates to the offseason going into it, I know there's still a few I's to dot and T's to cross before it'll become official.
"But at this point, my collaboration is still amongst the senior leaders in my department and then communication with Jeff (Wilpon) and Fred (Wilpon). And then from there we'll sort of continue to go forward. But at this point, right now, our transactions are focused on today, tonight, tomorrow to try to get us through this regular season."
SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that the "early word around Cohen is that he is more inclined to add to the baseball operations staff this offseason than subtract from it," with plugged-in sources of the belief that Cohen will bring in a seasoned executive to run baseball operations rather than fire Van Wagenen.
As far as what Van Wagenen is thinking about in terms of next steps, he said there's "opportunity there" with Cohen set to take over the team, but that he had not yet "had those conversations with him" about his future.
"My daily operation remains exactly the same," Van Wagenen said. "My communication with Jeff and Fred is consistent the way it's always been. Our relationship is as close as ever and I haven't had any new discussions with Steve since last winter. But in terms of my own job security, I've said it many times, I don't think about that. I don't give it any thought because my task is to win today."
Van Wagenen also touched on Cohen's philosophy, which is known to be aggressive.
"He's competitive. The conversations (we had) were very top line because there was no deal officially in place at that particular time," Van Wagenen explained. "I know he's competitive, I know he's historically believed in investing in the infrastructure of his organizations and his intellectual capital of the people that work for him.
"With that mindset, if he carries that over to the team that I know he's had a long-term passion for, I think it's an opportunity for the organization to continue to go in a progressive way."