With the 2015 season winding down, teams seemingly out of contention are finalizing their plans for the following year and the Milwaukee Brewers are no exception as they prepare to name David Stearns as their next general manager in a press conference on Monday according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Sources: #Brewers expected to name David Stearns their new GM.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 20, 2015
Prior to reportedly accepting the position with the Brewers, Stearns spent the past two seasons with the Houston Astros as the assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow. During his tenure in Houston, Stearns was a member of the brain trust that helped draft, develop, or acquire Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, Lance McCullers Jr, and Evan Gattis.
Within their first three seasons in the American League, the Astros evolved from one of the worst clubs in the sport to emerging as a legitimate postseason contender. Stearns’ time with the Astros was preceded by stints with the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and the Arizona Fall League, dating back to 2007 after graduating from Harvard University.
From 2008-2011, Stearns honed his managerial skills working in the Central Office of Major League Baseball. Stearns assisted in areas such as player contracts and salary arbitration, while also serving on the negotiating team for the league’s most recent collective bargaining agreement, ratified and enacted in 2012 (HoustonAstros.com).
In his new role with the Brewers, Stearns will replace outgoing general manager Doug Melvin, who will become an advisor for the club, after spending 13 years his previous position. Under Melvin, the Brewers reached the playoffs twice, including an appearance in the 2011 National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Melvin helped oversee the development of future major league standouts Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Jake Odorizzi, and Lorenzo Cain.
Though the Brewers had fleeting bouts of modest success in the NL Central, they were unable to build a consistent winner in recent years and are currently in danger of suffering their first last place finish since 2004. The challenge for Stearns will be to rebuild a dormant farm system which ranked 29th according to Baseball America’s organizational rankings in 2014 and maximize the value of the club’s current assets, while developing a viable plan for the future.