David Stearns took over as president of baseball operations for the New York Mets a few months ago. Already he has reunited with quite a few former Milwaukee Brewers players including Adrian Houser, Tyrone Taylor, Cam Robinson, Cooper Hummel, Tyler Heineman, Victor Castanada, and others. According to rumors he could be eyeing a reunion with starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff.
The New York Mets and David Stearns have been linked to former Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff.
According to reports the Mets are looking to engage in the starting pitching market. Jon Heyman listed Hyun Jin Ryu, Sean Manaea and Shota Imanaga as pitchers that they are considering. Following that Joel Sherman added Dylan Cease and Brandon Woodruff.
David Stearns and Woodruff go way back as he is familiar with him from his days with the Brewers. When healthy Woodruff is an ace/top of the rotation type pitcher. Unfortunately he underwent shoulder surgery earlier this off-season and it’s unclear if he will pitch in 2024 or not.
With the Mets expectations not super high for 2024 it’s possible that they take a flier on Woodruff this off-season by signing him to a two year deal. This would give him financial security while rehabbing in order to be fully ready for the 2025 season. A healthy Woodruff could significantly help any team, so it will be interesting to see if Stearns and the Mets sign him.