David Stearns
New York Mets
President of Baseball Operations
Born: (1985-02-18) February 18, 1985 (age 38)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.

David Stearns (born February 18, 1985) is an American baseball executive who serves as the president of baseball operations for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously served in the same role for the Milwaukee Brewers, as well as the assistant general manager of MLB's Houston Astros, worked for the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, the Arizona Fall League, and in the baseball operations departments for the Cleveland Indians and New York Mets.

Early life

Stearns was born and raised on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York City, and is Jewish.[1][2][3][4] He attended Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School.[5] He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in political science[6] in 2007. While he attended Harvard, he was a sports writer for The Harvard Crimson[7] and interned with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB).[8]

Professional career

Early career

After graduating from Harvard, Stearns worked for the baseball operations departments for the New York Mets and the Arizona Fall League.[9] He joined the MLB Central Office in 2008, where he worked on the negotiating team for MLB's collective bargaining agreement.[8][10] He spent his last 13 months in the central office as manager of labor relations, where he aided teams going through the process of salary arbitration.

Cleveland Indians

In December 2011, the Cleveland Indians hired Stearns and Derek Falvey as their co-directors of baseball operations, with Stearns focusing on player contracts, data analysis, and strategy, and Falvey working on player acquisitions.[11]

Houston Astros

In November 2012, the Houston Astros, who had lost over 100 games in both of the past two seasons, hired Stearns as assistant general manager, second only to Jeff Luhnow, the general manager.[9] While many organizations have multiple assistant general managers, the Astros employed only Stearns in the role.[12]

When talking about August 2015, Luhnow said of his staff: “There’s several people in our organization that have GM potential, and David’s one of them."[13] At that time, the Milwaukee Brewers began searching for a new general manager, prioritizing youth and experience with data analytics, which the Astros used in their rebuild.[13]

Milwaukee Brewers

On September 21, 2015, the Milwaukee Brewers named Stearns their next general manager, succeeding the retiring Doug Melvin, who they announced would remain with the team in an advisory role.[14] At thirty years of age, he became the youngest general manager in MLB, one of the youngest in history, and was one year younger than the Brewers' Ryan Braun.[15][a] At his introductory press conference, Stearns endorsed Craig Counsell as the Brewers' manager.[16]

Stearns fired five of the Brewers' seven coaches,[17] and began to restructure the front office by reassigning Gord Ash, the assistant general manager, and Reid Nichols, the farm director within the organization,[18] and hiring Matt Arnold from the Tampa Bay Rays as assistant general manager.[19] During his first offseason as general manager, Stearns replaced half of the members of the Brewers' 40-man roster.[20] His first transactions included trading Jonathan Lucroy and acquiring Travis Shaw, Eric Thames, and Anthony Swarzak.[21]

In 2018, Stearns signed free agents Lorenzo Cain and Jhoulys Chacin, and executed the trade for Christian Yelich, who won the National League MVP in his first season as a Brewer. The Brewers were in second place in the NL Central by the MLB trade deadline, and he orchestrated moves to acquire Mike Moustakas, Curtis Granderson, Gio Gonzalez, and Jonathan Schoop. These trades bolstered the roster and put the Brewers in a position to make the playoffs. They won the division after defeating the Chicago Cubs in the 2018 National League Central tie-breaker game and beat the Colorado Rockies in the 2018 National League Division Series in three games. However, they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 National League Championship Series in seven games. Yelich was named the 2018 NL MVP after the season. Stearns finished second in the MLB Executive of the Year voting but was the highest-voted NL executive.[citation needed]

In January 2019, the Brewers signed Stearns to a contract extension and promoted him to president of baseball operations and general manager.[22] After the 2020 season, the Brewers promoted Matt Arnold to general manager, with Stearns remaining president of baseball operations.[23]

On October 27, 2022, the Brewers announced Stearns was stepping down as president of baseball operations and moving into an advisory role with ownership.[24] General Manager Matt Arnold would take over baseball operations duties.[24] The move came after a disappointing Brewers season in which the club missed the playoffs for the first time in five years. On August 1, 2022, the team traded star closer Josh Hader one day before the trade deadline. At the time, Milwaukee sat in first place in the NL Central but would finish the season seven games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.[25] After they were eliminated from playoff contention on October 3, many pointed to the Hader trade as the turning point in the season. Stearns himself hinted at regretting the move in his season-ending press conference, admitting, "It had a more pronounced impact than I thought it would at the time, and the surrounding moves didn't adequately fortify the team in Josh’s absence."[26]

Stearns is generally considered to have presided over the most successful stretch in Brewers history, guiding the organization to four consecutive playoff appearances from 2018 - 2021, and earned the reputation as one of the most respected executives in Major League Baseball. Following his resignation, Stearns was regularly connected to president positions with the New York Mets and Houston Astros.[27] Stearns remained under contract with the Brewers through the 2023 season.

New York Mets

After the New York Mets faced the Philadelphia Phillies in the final game of the 2023 season on October 1, 2023, team owner Steve Cohen acknowledged that the Mets had hired Stearns as president of baseball operations. He was introduced the following day.[28]

Personal life

Stearns is married to Whitney Ann Lee.[29]


  1. ^ Though Stearns became the youngest active general manager at the time, Theo Epstein and Jon Daniels both became general managers at the age of 28.[15]


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  17. ^ "Brewers GM Stearns retains two coaches, lets go of remaining five". Fox Sports. Associated Press. October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  18. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (October 13, 2015). "Reid Nichols let go, Gord Ash removed from role as Brewers restructure". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  19. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (October 14, 2015). "Brewers name Tampa Bay's Matt Arnold as assistant GM". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  20. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (February 18, 2016). "Plenty of new faces as Brewers open spring training after active winter". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
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  22. ^ "Brewers announce promotions, extensions for Stearns, Schlesinger". January 23, 2019.
  23. ^ Haudricourt, Tom. "Brewers promote Matt Arnold to general manager, dividing titles atop baseball operation". Journal Sentinel.
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  25. ^ "2022 MLB Standings". ESPN.
  26. ^ "Brewers' Stearns: Hader trade hurt team more than expected". AP NEWS. October 11, 2022.
  27. ^ "Brewers' Stearns: 'I'm not going anywhere'". MLB.com. Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  28. ^ DiComo, Anthony [@AnthonyDiComo] (October 1, 2023). "Steve Cohen says the choice of new manager will be up to David Stearns -- "a change in direction." Asked if Stearns already has someone in mind or will undergo an exhaustive search, Cohen says that will also be up to Stearns" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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