The Brewers’ elimination from the postseason could quickly present the Mets with readability about one potential candidate for his or her president of baseball operations emptiness.
David Stearns, an architect of Milwaukee groups which have reached the playoffs in 4 straight seasons, is taken into account among the many greatest fish in a small pond of executives with confirmed monitor information who could appeal to the Mets. The trade expectation is Mets officers will attain out quickly — the Brewers’ season concluded Tuesday with a loss to the Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS — to ask permission to talk with Stearns about their opening.
It’s hardly a given the Brewers will grant such permission. The 36-year-old Stearns is below contract with the Brewers via subsequent season, and the Mets had been denied entry to talk with him final winter once they regarded to fill the place.
The wild card is whether or not the Brewers is perhaps open to a commerce with the Mets if Stearns, getting into his stroll 12 months, is resolved to testing free company as an govt following the 2022 season. Stearns grew up a Mets fan in Manhattan and interned for the group after graduating from Harvard. He turned the Brewers normal supervisor close to the top of the 2015 season, after a stint working in Houston’s entrance workplace.
Mets proprietor Steve Cohen has already spoken with Theo Epstein concerning the place, however the two sides final week agreed it wasn’t the right fit. Epstein, who’s working as a marketing consultant for MLB, has constructed World Series winners with the Red Sox and Cubs, and based on sources isn’t in a rush to re-enter the every day grind of baseball operations.
Still unclear is the place the Mets may stand with Billy Beane, who’s below contract with Oakland and would additionally want permission to talk with the Mets. The 59-year-old Beane has numerous funding pursuits exterior of baseball, leaving many throughout the trade to consider he’s an extended shot to depart the Athletics, for whom he’s constructed a trusted organizational construction that features normal supervisor David Forst and assistant GM Billy Owens.
But it’s additionally doable Beane seeks a brand new problem after two-plus a long time in Oakland and could embrace the chance to steer a baseball operations division with important monetary assets obtainable. Beane has a good relationship with Mets president Sandy Alderson from their time collectively in Oakland within the Nineties. Beane employed Alderson as a marketing consultant with the Athletics following the 2018 season.
One identify that may be eradicated is Paul DePodesta — Beane’s former protege in Oakland — who served as vice chairman of participant growth and scouting throughout a part of Alderson’s GM tenure with the Mets. DePodesta, the chief technique officer for the Cleveland Browns, told The Post’s Joel Sherman he is happy working in the NFL.
DePodesta was an assistant GM to Beane and a key architect of the Moneyball philosophy. He later, at 31, turned GM of the Dodgers. After being fired, he was employed by Alderson, who was then the Padres’ CEO, to be a particular assistant earlier than being promoted to govt vice chairman.
DePodesta was one of many first hires by Alderson after he turned the Mets GM following the 2010 season. He was the vice chairman of participant growth and scouting, which he left after the Mets’ 2015 World Series run to affix the Browns.
The Mets could additionally pursue Josh Byrnes, however haven’t but sought permission to talk with the Dodgers’ senior vice chairman of operations, based on an trade supply. It’s doubtless the Mets would wait till the Dodgers’ season concludes to hunt that permission. Byrnes was a finalist to exchange Omar Minaya as Mets normal supervisor following the 2010 season. The job went to Alderson.