Here is one former Brodie Van Wagenen client that the haters — and perhaps even the Haders – can agree would be a perfect fit for the Mets.
The Brewers have made All-Star strikeout machine Josh Hader available this winter, and the Mets’ desperate need for bullpen help makes them “one team to watch,” according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
The lefthanded Hader won the Trevor Hoffman Award as the top reliever in the National League in each of the past two seasons, registering a 2.52 ERA over 116 appearances with a whopping 281 strikeouts in 157 innings.
Hader, still only 25 years old with four years of contractual control remaining, is projected to earn around $4.6 million this season in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
He is represented at CAA by agents Jeff Berry and Matt Ricatto, but he formerly was a client of Van Wagenen’s. After leaving the agency to become the Mets’ GM last offseason, Van Wagenen obtained former clients Robinson Cano in a trade with Seattle and signed Jed Lowrie as a free agent.
Acquiring the widely coveted Hader likely would come with a steep price; the names floated by The Athletic as possibilities were J.D. Davis or…