Matt Arnold named Brewers GM


MILWAUKEE — Days after denying the Mets an opportunity to poach David Stearns from the top of Milwaukee’s baseball operations department, the Brewers moved Thursday to shield Stearns’ longtime top lieutenant from similar efforts.
Matt Arnold, one of Stearns’ first hires in the fall of 2015, has been promoted to

MILWAUKEE — Days after denying the Mets an opportunity to poach David Stearns from the top of Milwaukee’s baseball operations department, the Brewers moved Thursday to shield Stearns’ longtime top lieutenant from similar efforts.

Matt Arnold, one of Stearns’ first hires in the fall of 2015, has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager. Stearns, meanwhile, saw his job title amended from president of baseball operations and GM to simply president of baseball operations.

The Brewers continued their policy of never divulging details about the terms of front-office contracts. They used that same standard while promoting Stearns to the title of president in January 2019, when he was believed to have received a five-year contract.

Stearns remains the Brewers’ top baseball operations official and, short of principal owner Mark Attanasio, the team’s top decision-maker on player personnel matters. So, why the fuss over job titles? Because they can be meaningful in the increasingly competitive world of acquiring and retaining front-office talent in the same way teams acquire players. Take the case of the Mets, who have a new owner (Steve Cohen) and club president (Sandy Alderson) and recently called the Brewers asking for permission to interview Stearns — who grew up a Mets fan in New York City — for the position of president of baseball operations. Because he already had that title in Milwaukee, it was technically a lateral move. The Brewers had the right to decline the Mets’ request, and they did.

“For the past five years, Matt has served an invaluable role in helping to guide our baseball operations group,” Stearns said in a statement from the Brewers. “He has contributed to every significant decision we have made and has offered indispensable advice and support throughout his time with the Brewers. Today’s announcement formalizes how we have operated over the last few years. This move provides Matt with the deserved recognition of his tireless work and ensures that our baseball operations leadership group remains intact.”

The Brewers are far from the only team with a GM working under a president of baseball operations. The Cubs operated with that alignment for years before Theo Epstein stepped down this week and his longtime GM, Jed Hoyer, was elevated. The Cardinals have president of baseball operations John Mozeliak and vice president and GM Michael Girsch.

Arnold, 41, joined the Brewers on Oct. 14, 2015, as vice president and assistant GM. He was then promoted to senior vice president and assistant GM in June 2019. Since the addition of Stearns (who assumed his role on Oct. 5, 2015) and Arnold, the Brewers have the fifth-best regular-season winning percentage in the National League (.526) since 2016, and the third-best winning percentage in the NL since 2017 (.548). Stearns and Arnold built the first teams in Brewers history to qualify for the postseason in three straight seasons.

“On behalf of my family, we are so very thankful to Mark Attanasio and David Stearns for this opportunity,” Arnold said in the club’s statement. “Over the past 20 years, I have learned so much from my wonderful baseball friends and colleagues. I greatly appreciate them all, and would never have a day like this without them, nor without the incredible support from my family. I am excited about the opportunity to continue to partner with the Attanasio family and our incredible leadership team of David Stearns and [Brewers manager] Craig Counsell along with our entire staff. I am eager to carry on our collective efforts as we seek to bring a championship to Milwaukee.”

Arnold spent nine seasons, 2007-15, with the Rays before Stearns hired him away. Arnold was Tampa Bay’s director of player personnel at the time. Arnold also worked in baseball ops for the Dodgers (2000), Rangers (2002) and Reds (2003-06).

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram and like him on Facebook.





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