The Milwaukee Brewers are waiting to see what is going to happen with Craig Counsell. Counsell’s contract expired, and it will be interesting to see whether or not he is going to come back to the Brewers in 2024 and beyond.
The New York Mets a couple of weeks ago fired Buck Showalter as their manager, and New York has been looking for a new manager ever since then. David Stearns used to be in the front office of the Milwaukee Brewers, and he knows Counsell very well. Because of this, the Mets have been linked to Counsell as the next manager, and it feels as if a reunion is more likely to happen, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.
Heyman said about the possibility of a reunion:
“Folks aroundthe game are starting to think the Mets have a reasonable chance to sign star managerial free agent Craig Counsell away from his hometown Brewers since he deferred extension talks in the spring, and there’s no sign of progress yet. Even so, someone connected to the Brewers said he believes Counsell will stay if he’s paid what he believes is fair. So it could go either way.”
The New York Mets are going to take their time with this managerial search, and the Brewers are also going to give Craig Counsell all the time he needs to make a decision about his future with the ball club. If he does return to the Brewers next season, then that would be great for Milwaukee. If not, then he will more than likely end up in New York unless another suitor wants him as manager.
If Craig Counsell Were Going to Come Back to the Milwaukee Brewers, He would have Signed His Contract Extension By Now
Counsell had a chance to get his extension with the franchise already, and it did not happen. Heyman also added:
“One (National League) executive opined, ‘If he was going to stay, they’d already have signed him,’ but others aren’t so sure. Counsell is to believed to be the only one of 30 managers who lives year-round in the city he manages, so there’s a definite home-field advantage for Milwaukee.”
There is also a possibility that Counsell could take the entire 2024 season off from managing and come back in 2025. It remains to be seen what move he is going to make. The waiting game is continuing for general manager Matt Arnold for the Brewers and New York Mets, and president of baseball operations David Stearns.