As the Mets were loading the moving vans to head down to Spring Training, Brodie Van Wagenen was given the opportunity to debate himself.
Moderator: Mr. Van Wagenen, upon taking the job, you spoke about “eliminating the ifs” with respect to how the team is developed. We’re going to use that as the framework for what we hope to be a civil and open-ended debate. Brodie, I invite you to make your opening statement:
Brodie: I think we feel really good about where we are heading into Spring Training.
Van Wagenen: I hope we are always doing things that make sense. We’ll have a chance to go down [to Port St. Lucie] and not only see where our pitchers are but make decisions about pitchers that exist around the league and see what the best opportunities are to make us better.
Brodie: As you look at Jason Vargas as the fifth starter, very few fifth starters around the league have his pedigree.
Van Wagenen: But make decisions about pitchers that exist around the league and see what the best opportunities are to make us better.
Brodie: We added Walker Lockett, we added Hector Santiago, we Rule Fived Kyle Dowdy, we feel really good about those new additions in addition to the guys we already had like Corey Oswalt.
Van Wagenen: I don’t think we have any restrictions on what we can or can’t do. I think it’s more about how we fit the guys on the roster we have.
Brodie: We’re deep, we’ve got more than 25 guys capable of breaking camp. It’ll be a fun competition.
Van Wagenen: I think there’s always opportunities, whether that’s trade or free agency.
Brodie: Ownership has given time the support to build and execute this plan.
Van Wagenen: The team has spread its resources and will not be pursuing players like Harper or Machado
Brodie: Hopefully the fans recognize we did make a big offseason splash.
Van Wagenen: I think fans always have a right to their opinion and I encourage them to have an opinion.
Brodie: We’re counting on Yoenis Cespedes to make a contribution in 2019.
Van Wagenen: We just want to make sure we aren’t taxing him too soon, and that he’s 100 percent healthy when he comes back.
Brodie: We expect him to be an MVP caliber player when he comes back and he does as well.
Van Wagenen: Whenever that day is.
Brodie: We know Broxton’s speed and power add an additional element to our club.
Van Wagenen: As we designed it, Lagares and Broxton have very similar skillsets
Brodie: Both guys can really change the game defensively.
Van Wagenen: So in addition to being out there in centerfield alone, they could also both be in the outfield at the same time in left and center or right and center.
Moderator: Thank you gentleman for this lively debate, but we are just about out of time. Before we depart, do you have a message you wish to convey to Mets fans?
Brodie: I hope the fanbase recognizes the amount of work we’ve done this offseason, the # of needs we addressed and they see this is a complete team with depth and talent, and one that can succeed going forward.
Van Wagenen: I don’t think we have any restrictions on what we can or can’t do.
Moderator: Thank you for your time, and I wish you both the best of luck during the 2019 baseball season.