New York Mets Secure David Stearns As President of Baseball Operations

Photo: Instagram/David Stearns

Reports indicate that David Stearns has reached an agreement to take on the role of president of baseball operations for the New York Mets, a team that has been struggling this season.

Stearns, at 38 years old, will work alongside owner Steve Cohen and general manager Billy Eppler. Before this new role, Stearns had a successful tenure as the head of the Milwaukee Brewers' baseball operations department from September 2015 to the end of the 2022 season, after which he transitioned into an advisory position.

Mets manager Buck Showalter, who is in the second season of a three-year contract, remains focused on the present and winning, not dwelling on how Stearns' hiring might affect his job security. In his tenure, Showalter was named Manager of the Year last season as the Mets achieved 101 wins.

Photo: Instagram/David Stearns

Stearns faces the challenge of taking over a team that began the season with a record-high $355 million payroll but has underperformed significantly. As of now, the Mets find themselves in a dire situation, 13 games below .500 with a fading chance of making the playoffs.

Management made the tough call to give up on the season before the August 1 trade deadline, trading away key players. Despite the uncertainties, Stearns is a New York City native and a Harvard graduate with previous ties to the Mets organization.

His baseball journey includes interning with the Mets in 2007 and gaining experience with other MLB teams, such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Arizona Fall League, and roles in the labor relations department. He eventually became the general manager for the Brewers in 2015 and was promoted to president of baseball operations in 2019.

This hiring marks the end of a prolonged search for a top baseball decision-maker for the Mets, a quest that started in November 2020 when Cohen acquired the team. Previous hires, including Jared Porter and Zack Scott, faced challenges and controversies, leading to this latest appointment.

Stearns now takes the helm, tasked with reshaping the Mets' baseball operations and hopefully steering them towards success in the future.

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Source: AP News
 

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