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Jacob deGrom finally speaks out on Brodie Van Wagenen hire

One of the biggest question marks around former agent Brodie Van Wagenen’s hire as the Mets’ new general manager has been how he will deal with his old clients.

Chief among those former clients is Mets ace and Cy Young finalist Jacob deGrom, who spoke for the first time Friday about his former agent and new GM.

As part of a larger feature on Van Wagenen, deGrom told MLB.com the situation has been “a little confusing” and said he’s still trying to “wrap my head around it.”

“You hear all of this conflict-of-interest stuff,” deGrom said. “I don’t really know how to feel on that part of it. But I truly do believe he is going to be rooting for every player on our team and try to help them out the best he can.”

In the lead-up to Van Wagenen getting the job, some outside observers raised concerns over the former agent essentially switching sides — going from working for the players to working for management — and how that might affect his position in contract negotiations.

And the most important negotiation of the offseason for Van Wagenen is likely to be with deGrom, who is coming off a career-best season and is looking for a contract extension.

During the season, in his capacity as deGrom’s agent, Van Wagenen said the Mets should either trade his client or give him an extension. Now, Van Wagenen is in a position to choose between those options, though the Mets already have said he will have to recuse himself from some of those discussions.

For whatever else happens, though, Van Wagenen has his former client’s vote of confidence as he takes over this new role.

“I honestly think he’s going to do a good job at this,” deGrom said.