The time has finally come. Once David Stearns stepped down from being the Brewers President of Baseball Operations for the final year of his contract, it was only a matter of time until he began discussions with other teams. That time has arrived.
According to Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic, David Stearns was allowed to talk with other teams beginning right after the August Trade Deadline. It didn't take long for the phone to ring.
To absolutely no one's surprise, the New York Mets were one of the teams that came calling and it's believed that Stearns is "down the road" in negotiations with the Mets, but they aren't the only ones calling.
According to reports, David Stearns is in discussions with multiple teams about leadership roles following the end of his contract with the Brewers.
Another named team in talks with Stearns is the Houston Astros, the team the Brewers hired him away from back in 2015. It's no surprise they want him back, but it's peculiar given their front office situation. Owner Jim Crane chose not to extend GM James Click despite building a World Series winning roster last year and it was believed that was because they had eyes on bringing Stearns back.
Instead, they were unable to get Stearns last offseason and hired Dana Brown as GM instead. Brown is in his first season at the helm, but it won't be easy to convince him to take a step back and no longer be the lead decision maker for the franchise.
The Mets, meanwhile, have had their eyes on Stearns for years as a New York native but have installed Billy Eppler as GM. Owner Steve Cohen has not been shy about being willing to bring in a President of Baseball Ops over Eppler and Eppler would be just fine with that kind of set up, apparently. Eppler and Stearns are reportedly good friends as well, which helps.
While Rosenthal's report didn't name other teams, it was certainly implied that there were more than just the Astros and Mets involved in talks with Stearns. The Red Sox were another rumored fit not too long ago but Chaim Bloom is still in charge there. The only other job opening that's popped up so far is the White Sox job but they quickly went with an internal candidate instead of trying to dazzle Stearns and bring him to the south side of Chicago.
What's clear is that David Stearns will not be re-upping his contract with the Brewers. The Mets are the favorite to land him, but Houston is another legitimate possibility. Since talks have been allowed for a month, it won't be much longer until he has a done deal to lead a different baseball ops department.