Surprising Shake-Up For Brewers Front Office

The Milwaukee Brewers front office will be undergoing a major change as  president of baseball operations David Stearns has suddenly stepped down from his job this morning after a disappointing season.

Although the announcement indicates that he will stay on with the Brewers in an advisory role to ownership and baseball operations, there are rumors that that might not be the case.  

As noted by MLB Insider and former GM Jim Bowden, "most execs in the industry believe that David Stearns will soon join the (New York) Mets as President of Baseball Operations." He adds that Billy Eppler would remain as the Mets general manager. 

The Brewers had a disappointing season in 2022, failing to advance to the postseason. On August 1st, they were perched atop the NL Central Division, three games clear of the 2nd-place St. Louis Cardinals. But after a shocking trade that day that sent Brewers' closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres, the Brew Crew watched as the Cards blew by them for top spot in the Central, and then the Philadelphia Phillies passed them for the final Wild Card spot. 

Stearns became baseball’s youngest GM in 2015 at the age of 30, and led the Brewers to the playoffs in four consecutive seasons from 2018-2021, the same number of postseason appearances they'd had in the first 49 years of their existence. 

Stearns will be replaced by Matt Arnold, who was the senior vice president and GM. 

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