Inside Mets’ U-turn on top-dollar international prospects

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Jeff Wilpon questioned aloud who he must hearth for such an egregious miscalculation.

His query arose throughout a go to by Mets officers to the Dominican Republic in 2019 to guage Venezuelan catcher Francisco Alvarez, whom the group had signed simply months earlier for $2.7 million, a franchise-record deal for a global participant.

On this explicit day, nonetheless, Wilpon, then the workforce’s COO, and Brodie Van Wagenen — who had been employed weeks earlier as the overall supervisor — weren’t impressed with the 18-year-old. He appeared sluggish throughout a exercise in entrance of his bosses, who most notably have been involved along with his “hearth hydrant” physique. Alvarez was listed at 5-foot-10 and 233 kilos.


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