While the Chicago Cubs would theoretically have to compete with the New York Mets in the years ahead in the National League – postseason match-ups and such – the competition is much less theoretical within the NL Central. So if a move out there could benefit the Mets but hurt the Brewers, well, I’m not gonna have a big problem with it.
You may think I’m talking about the Mets poaching Brewers president David Stearns for their own open baseball presidency, but that isn’t happening. The Brewers reportedly denied any chance for the Mets to talk to Stearns at this time. But apparently they haven’t denied the chance for the Mets to talk to Stearns’ number two:
The Mets’ top candidate for president of baseball operations at the moment appears to be Brewers general manager Matt Arnold. There has been contact, and I’m hearing the Mets may have made him an offer.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 26, 2021
Arnold, 42, has been with the Brewers for six years after almost a decade rising through the ranks of the Tampa Bay Rays. Rather than risk losing him last year to other gigs, the Brewers elevated him to the GM position when Stearns took the presidency. If Arnold does indeed wind up being the guy for the Mets, we’ll have to dig into the potential impact on the Brewers, from the loss of Arnold to the sudden opening of a GM position.
Now we find out whether Arnold has an issue with outspoken Mets owner Steve Cohen …