Would David Stearns Be Interested in Red Sox’s GM Role?
David Stearns is one of the better young general managers in baseball. He is heralded for turning around the Milwaukee Brewers and making them into playoff contenders for two straight years. As a small-market fan, big jobs always scare you. Yes, that could be small-town fan mentality but the reality is that there are bigger and potentially better jobs out there. Case in point, Boston fired their GM on Sunday night, and Stearns could be a logical fit there if he wants the job. Brewers general manager is currently under contract and would need to seek permission to do it. Is Boston a better job than Milwaukee right now?
Of course, it’s a better job when you talk about the two teams. Boston has an illustrious history with being the losers of the league for years then reserving course to win three World Series in the last 15 years. It’s truly impressive. Red Sox are also in another stratosphere when it comes to money. They wipe their asses with dollar bills in the front office. The spending limit Boston has compared to Milwaukee is a night/day scenario. Milwaukee is still the better option for Stearns than Boston.
That might feel outrageous to say but hear me out for a second. One, Brewers have at least three years left of the Christian Yelich. Further, they have a roster full of young, exciting players like Keston Hiura and Trent Grisham. Brewers are not at the end of their rope. For Boston, the new GM will likely have to decide if they’re keeping Mookie Betts or J.D. Martinez. Also, what to do about Chris Sale? He has a mega-contract and one of the most disappointing seasons to date. A great deal of pressure comes with being the Red Sox GM, and while Stearns is up for it, I don’t think he would want that.
Going from Milwaukee to Boston when it comes to pressure is almost unmeasured. With the success of the Brewers last season, Stearns is in the good graces of the fans here. He can do no wrong. Even if the Brewers miss the playoffs, I guarantee Stearns will not get a ton of heat (For the record, he should get some). In Boston, the expectation is World Series or bust every year, and if you miss the playoffs, it is the end of the world. That’s a complete culture change.
If Stearns does request to interview, things will be a little nerve-wracking but I have confidence that the Brewers have Stearns-like people in their front office in case he departs for greener pastures.