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Van Wagenen, Minaya, Baird fired by Mets

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The New York Mets have cut loose

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The sale of the New York Mets from the Wilpons to Steve Cohen was made official today. Cohen had previously indicated that Sandy Alderson would take over as team president once the sale was approved, and Alderson wasted no time in beginning the overhaul of the front office.

In his first day on the job, it has been announced today that Alderson has let go numerous members of the Mets front office, including general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, special assistant to the general manager Omar Minaya, and Vice President and assistant general manager Allard Baird. Alderson, you may recall, was the general manager of the Mets from 2010 until the summer of 2018, when he left the post due to a recurrence of cancer. Van Wagenen was hired as Alderson’s replacement after the 2018 season.

Alderson will presumably now start a search for a general manager and work on filling out the front office. Reports have indicated that Alderson was vexed by the interference he dealt with from the Wilpons, and he is presumably being given a much freer hand — and a much larger budget — by Cohen.