January 20, 2021

Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets legacy at stake ahead of trade deadline (New York Post)

You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Mets.

What will the Mets’ philosophy be at the trade deadline? I am concerned that Brodie Van Wagenen will be too aggressive rather than plan for a future he may not be a part of. — @Mariamb18

It’s a fair point, not only from the general manager perspective but also ownership. With the Mets for sale — and it now appearing possible the team will get sold before the end of the calendar year — this could be the Wilpons’ last chance at winning the World Series. There will be a “go for it mentality” as long as there is any kind of shot at the postseason as the Aug. 31 trade deadline approaches (and given the expanded playoffs it won’t take much to stay in contention).

That said, legacies are at stake here. If the Wilpons or Van Wagenen were to commit baseball malpractice in a hopeless situation by trading jewels of the farm system for a rental, it would never be forgotten.

As much as the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz deal that sent top…

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