The Brewers are expected to name David Stearns as their new general manager, with a formal announcement coming on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Sources: #Brewers expected to name David Stearns their new GM.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 20, 2015
Source confirms for http://t.co/mDPUQDOoCt that David Stearns will be named GM of the Brewers tomorrow— Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) September 20, 2015
Stearns previously worked as the assistant general manager with the Astros, where he assisted GM Jeff Lunhow with baseball operations including player evaluations, player transactions and contract negotiations.
The 30-year-old is a Harvard graduate and also worked in baseball operations for the Indians, Mets and Pirates. He will become the youngest general manager in the game, but has received the praise from his colleagues. This trend of younger general managers is nothing new; Theo Epstein was hired by the Red Sox at age 28. The Rangers brought in Jon Daniels at 28 (younger than Epstein, making him the youngest to ever be named GM) and when the Blue Jays promoted Alex Anthopoulous to the position, he was 32.
David Stearns is adored by his colleagues present and past. Really bright, measured, far from an all-analytics guy. Brewers got a good one.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 20, 2015
This decision marks the end of a search for the Brewers that began back in August. Current general manager Doug Melvin is planning to move to a advisory position with the team, and the Brewers needed to fill their spot quickly. It was known that the team was looking at candidates that were younger and those that had an analytics background.
Hiring a 30-year-old is an undoubtedly bold move for a team that is only a couple of years removed from the playoffs, but the Brewers are need of a fresh reboot, and sometimes it takes a completely new face to make that happen.