Some big changes are taking place for the Milwaukee Brewers.
After four straight years in the postseason, the Brew Crew fell short in 2022, finishing 86-76, seven games back of the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Trading away Josh Hader may have played a role in their late-season collapse, but following an ugly finish, the Brewers are going to have to make some changes.
David Stearns, the team’s president of baseball operations, will be stepping down from his role.
General manager Matt Arnold has been promoted to replace him.
Many around the game expect Stearns to take over the baseball operations of another team over the next 12-14 months, perhaps sooner.
News: David Stearns stepping down as #Brewers president of baseball operations; Matt Arnold promoted to replace him. Many in industry expect Stearns will take over baseball operations of a different @MLB club in next 12 to 14 months, if not sooner. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 27, 2022
Stearns Steps Down
Stearns obviously took a lot of heat after the Hader trade.
Perhaps that could have had something to do with him stepping down from his role.
But the Brewers are going to have to find somebody to fill the general manager role, now that Arnold has been promoted to the president of baseball operations position.
Perhaps Arnold will have a different philosophy than that of Stearns, which could create room for some major changes for Milwaukee.
The Brewers were favored to win the NL Central heading into the 2022 season and were at the top for a good chunk of the season.
Ultimately though, they began to slump after the Hader trade.
The Brewers didn’t add anything else, while the Cardinals acquired two starting pitchers.
As a result, the Cardinals ran away with the NL Central and the Brewers fell short of the postseason for the first time since 2017.