The exclusion of brewers from the post-season round could soon give the Mets clarification about a single potential candidate for the presidency on baseball operations.
Milwaukee team architect David Stirns, who has been in the playoffs for four seasons, is one of the largest fish in the pool of small leaders whose experience has been proven to appeal to the Mets. The industry expects Mets officials to contact soon – the brewers ’season ended with a loss to the Braves in Tuesday’s NLDS 4 game – to ask permission to talk to the Stearns about their opening.
It’s hard for brewers to give that permission. Stirns, 36, has a contract with the Brewers until next season, and the Mets were not allowed to speak to him last winter when they wanted to take the position.
Wild card – whether or not brewers can trade with the Mets, if Stearns enters the march year, it has been decided to test him as a free agent manager after the 2022 season. Stearns grew up as a Mets fan in Manhattan and had internships for the team after graduating from Harvard. He became general manager of the Brewers at the end of the 2015 season after working in his previous Houston office.
Mets owner Steve Cohen has spoken to Theo Epstein about the position, but last week the two sides agreed it wasn’t right. Epstein, who works as an MLB consultant, has built World Series winners with the Red Sox and Cubs, and according to sources, is in no hurry to return to the daily routine of baseball operations.
It is unknown where the Mets will stay with Billy Bean, who has a contract with Oakland, and he will also need permission to talk to the Mets. The 59-year-old Been has a variety of investment interests other than baseball, so many believe he will leave Athletic because he has built a trusted organizational structure that includes general manager David Forst and GM assistant Billy Owens. .
But perhaps after more than two years in Auckland, Been will be looking for new challenges and could head a baseball operations department with huge financial resources. Bin has had a close relationship with Mets president Sandy Alderson since they were together in Auckland in the 1990s. Been hired Alderson as an Athletics consultant after the 2018 season.
One of the names that could be deleted is Paul DePodesta, Bean’s former defender in Oakland, who worked as a vice president of player development and scouting during Alderson’s GM with the Mets. DePodesta, Cleveland Browns chief strategy officer, told The Post reporter Joel Sherman that he was happy to work in the NFL.
DePodesta was Beane’s assistant to GM and the main architect of the Moneyball philosophy. Later, at the age of 31, the Dodgers became GM. After his dismissal, he was hired by Alderson, then CEO of Padres, as a special assistant before being promoted to executive vice president.
DePodesta was one of the first employees to be hired by Alderson after the Mets became GM after the 2010 season. He was vice president of player development and scouting, which he left after the Mets joined the Browns from the 2015 World Series.
The Mets could have followed Josh Burns, but have not yet asked permission to speak with the Dodgers ’senior vice president of operations. Perhaps the Mets expect the Dodgers to get that permission before the end of the season. Birnes was a finalist who replaced Omar Minaya as Metz general manager after the 2010 season. The case passed to Alderson.