By: Justin Byers.
Former New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is joining Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency as chief operating officer.
Wagenen was co-head of Creative Artists Agency’s baseball division before taking the Mets job in 2018; he departed the team in November. Somewhat controversially, he represented some of the Mets’ star players before joining the club.
In 2013, when Robinson Cano joined Roc Nation as its first high-profile sports client, the agency partnered with CAA.
During that partnership, Cano landed his 10-year, $240 million deal, and was later traded to the Mets under Van Wagenen’s tenure.
Yoenis Cespedes, another client who came out of the partnership, has signed multiple contracts with the Mets.
Front Office Sports previously reported that Van Wagenen was being recruited by some of the top sports agencies following his Mets departure.
“We’re at a unique time where Jay is the only person in his position, the only principal in the agency landscape, who has lived the existence of talent empowerment that has existed today,” Van Wagenen said in a statement today.
Roc Nation’s other top sports clients include Kyrie Irving, Saquon Barkley and Skylar Diggins-Smith.