With the Milwaukee Brewers David Stearns had to get creative when constructing a roster. His former organization is not known for handing out multi year contracts in free agency and all decisions made came with cost in mind. With the New York Mets those restraints are not the same.
Currently the presumed state of the Mets is that they are a team that is entering a mini rebuild. Pete Alonso is entering his final year of arbitration, they sold a bunch of players at last year’s deadline, and the moves David Stearns has made so far have not been flashy.
One could argue that David Stearns tends to operate in a way that is a bit underneath the radar. However he could look to dip into the pool of the upper echelon of free agents by acquiring a 15 year MLB veteran that he could not acquire with the Milwaukee Brewers.
David Stearns and the New York Mets have engaged in talks with free agent Justin Turner. He was a target for the Milwaukee Brewers a few years ago.
According to Mike Puma at the New York Post the Mets have engaged in discussions with Justin Turner. He goes on to say that New York expressed interest early on in the off-season and those talks have now re-engaged.
Justin Turner spent last season with the Boston Red Sox and he declined his $13.4 million player option while getting a $6.7 million buyout. At age 39 he is coming off a season in which he hit 23 home runs, collected 96 RBI, and had a 114 OPS+.
Talks between New York and Justin Turner may have picked up again because previously David Stearns had stated that the plan at third base was to split time between Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio. Unfortunately Mauricio tore his ACL during a Winter League game and will miss all of the 2024 season.
It will be interesting to see if David Stearns can finally sign Justin Turner after heavily pursing him with the Milwaukee Brewers. Their relationship previously got to the point where Stearns earned the nickname “Stearnsie” from Turner, so they already have a strong connection with one another.
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David Stearns stepped down as Brewers president to prioritize personal well-being and family time. This transition to an advisory role also opens opportunities for him to explore different interests outside the rigor of baseball operations.
David Stearns succeeded Doug Melvin as the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He took over the position in 2015 after Melvin's tenure, introducing a new era of management that led to significant team acquisitions, including the trade for NL MVP Christian Yelich in 2018.
David Stearns built his career in professional baseball by working in the MLB Commissioner's Office from 2008-11, advancing to Director of Baseball Operations for Cleveland in 2012, and later contributing to the Houston Astros' rebuild as Assistant General Manager from 2013-15.