David Stearns is taking a gap year and it seems to be working well for him. He's still under contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and is serving as a special advisor to Mark Attanasio and GM Matt Arnold. However, other teams are lining up for the chance to talk with him.
Stearns' contract with the Brewers is up at the end of the season, at which point he becomes the Shohei Ohtani of MLB Executive Free Agency. He'll be the most successful free agent on the market and every team would love to have him, giving him his pick of the litter of jobs.
There's now a new team that doesn't as of yet have a job opening that is rumored to be interested in hiring David Stearns.
According to the New York Post's Jon Heyman, the Boston Red Sox are interested in hiring former Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns.
Stearns is a "rumored potential candidate for a top Boston job if the Red Sox falter", per Heyman. Their current Chief Baseball Officer is Chaim Bloom and patience has apparently been running thin in Boston with Bloom's roster building. He's been in Boston long enough to put a good team together but they haven't been able to recapture their strength since their 2018 World Series win.
Numerous Red Sox stars have left in recent years, including Xander Bogaerts and then the trade of Mookie Betts. Lots of things have gone wrong for Bloom in Boston and apparently they could look to make a change.
David Stearns took a gap year essentially after struggling with burnout from being the Brewers president of baseball operations. He wanted to spend more time with his young family and that's what he's doing right now. He's taking a breather and it's likely he'll be refreshed and energized to take back over a baseball operations department next year.
While it's possible Stearns would want a new challenge with a new team without having to be the lead decision-maker, it's unlikely. If the Red Sox wanted to hire Stearns underneath Bloom and still keep Bloom in charge, everyone knows Bloom's job is in peril and at the slightest sign of trouble, ownership could easily boot Bloom and install Stearns in charge.
Chaim Bloom is on the hot seat in Boston it seems. They're already potentially looking at Stearns as a replacement.
The two previously most rumored landing spots were the New York Mets and the Houston Astros. The Astros just hired Dana Brown last offseason and won't want to fire/demote their GM after one year and the Mets have been doing well under Billy Eppler.
Any team that has a GM opening over the next couple of months is going to be heavily connected to Stearns as his contract comes to an end. The Red Sox are only the first to be connected, and they don't even have an opening yet.