Mets could pry David Stearns from Brewers with potential trade

The Brewers’ elimination from the postseason could soon provide the Mets with clarity about one potential candidate for their president of baseball operations vacancy.

David Stearns, an architect of Milwaukee teams that have reached the playoffs in four straight seasons, is considered among the biggest fish in a small pond of executives with proven track records who could appeal to the Mets. The industry expectation is Mets officials will reach out soon — the Brewers’ season concluded Tuesday with a loss to the Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS — to ask permission to speak with Stearns about their opening.

It’s hardly a given the Brewers will grant such permission. The 36-year-old Stearns is under contract with the Brewers through next season, and the Mets were denied access to speak with him last winter when they looked to fill the position.

The wild card is whether the Brewers might be open to a trade with the Mets if Stearns, entering his walk year, is resolved to testing free agency as an executive following the 2022 season. Stearns grew up a Mets fan in Manhattan and interned for the team after graduating from Harvard. He became the Brewers general manager near the end of the 2015 season, after a stint working in Houston’s front office.

Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns AP

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