The New York Mets have been playing disappointing baseball with Billy Eppler as the head of baseball operations. However, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Eppler's spot is not in jeopardy, although Steve Cohen plans to hire former Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns for a high-ranking position in the front office.
This decision would not mean that Eppler would leave the Mets, but rather that Stearns would serve as President of Baseball Operations (POBO) while Eppler would remain the General Manager. The rumor that Stearns could make it to the Mets as soon as the 2023 season is over has been around since he resigned from the GM job with the Brewers.
With Billy Eppler's inability to put together a competitive roster, David Stearns may be the guide the Mets' front office needs
David Stearns has been one of the most successful executives in baseball today. During his tenure as GM and POBO of the Milwaukee Brewers, Stearns led the team to the playoffs for four consecutive years from 2018-2021.
Stearns relinquished his charge after the Brewers missed the playoffs last year following the infamous trade that landed Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres. After that collapse, Stearns decided to step away from daily baseball operations to enjoy his family and plan for his future.
That opens up a range of possibilities, where the President of Baseball Operations position at the Mets would be a perfect fit for Stearns and the organization. Stearns, grew up a Mets fan and could operate with an available payroll, something he couldn't have in Milwaukee.
For their part, the Mets would have an executive with critical player evaluation skills and experience that have led him to be successful. You just have to remember the Christian Yelich trade to the Brewers, where the prospects that made it to the Miami Marlins turned out to be a bust.
There is speculation that Eppler would have no problem continuing as GM while the Mets hire a POBO. The Stearns-Eppler combination would be more positive than fans can understand. Stearns' experience evaluating players and Eppler's ability to know the international market, can be highly beneficial to the team.
As industry speculation continues to mount, Stearns may be the guide Mets baseball operations need. A recognized executive who can enhance Billy Eppler's talents while offering stability and sustainability in the system that the Mets organization wants to create with Steve Cohen at the helm.