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Business Observer Monday, Apr. 1, 2019 3 years ago

Area airport — and convenience store snacks — key $137 million contract

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The New York Mets recently had a merry stop in the Sarasota-Bradenton region.

Two places in the Sarasota-Bradenton area — seemingly with nothing in common — came together in late March to help persevere a $137.5 million baseball contract.

The first place, according to a March 27 story in the New York Post, was a conference room in the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. That’s where New York Mets officials were in negotiations with agents for their star pitcher, Jacob deGrom, on a contract extension. According to the Post, the Mets, in Sarasota March 25 for a spring training game with the Baltimore Orioles, met with deGrom’s agents from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The second place? The 7-Eleven on University Parkway, less than half-a mile from the entrance to the airport. That’s where Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen went on a food run, the Post reported, to keep hunger from derailing the deGrom deal. “It was 10 mini-tacos for $2 and five beef-and-cheese taquitos,” Van Wagenen told the paper.

The contract, $137.5 million over five years, was signed soon after the meal.  

 

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