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Steve Cohen Cleans House on First Day as Mets’ Owner

On his first day as the official owner of the Mets, Steve Cohen has already made a mark. He dismissed general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, as well as Van Wagenen’s inner circle front office executives. Those include Omar Minaya, Allard Baird, Adam Guttridge, and Jared Banner.

Tim Healey tweeted out Cohen’s full statement.

While many speculated that Van Wagenen would get dismissed, not many envisioned Steve Cohen cleaning house the way he did. Additionally, some thought that Minaya would at least get consideration for the general manager’s position.

Van Wagenen’s legacy in Queens

Cohen dismissed Brodie Van Wagenen this afternoon
Source: ABC 7 NY

Van Wagenen’s tenure with the Mets fell way short of expectations. He will be remembered in Queens mainly for mortgaging the future for Edwin Díaz and Robinson Canó. Additionally, many of his free-agent signings such as Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello ended up being disappointing.

What’s next for Steve Cohen and the Mets?

Steve Cohen’s search for a general manager now begins. Sandy Alderson is also back with the Mets as the President of Baseball Operations. It will be interesting to see who Cohen brings in as Van Wagenen’s replacement, but expectations are already high for whoever is brought to Queens next.

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