(New York) David Stearns was officially named the first president of baseball operations in New York Mets history on Monday.
The former Milwaukee Brewers boss was introduced to the media by owner Steve Cohen during a press conference held at Citi Field following yet another disappointing season for the Mets.
Despite high expectations for the New York team, whose payroll reached $355 million in the opening game, they were eliminated from playoff contention in midsummer and finished fourth overall in the National League East section.
“I have a lot of work to do,” Stearns admitted.
The 38-year-old will have general manager Billy Eppler under his leadership. Additionally, he will report to Cohen himself. This governance structure is fairly common in Major League Baseball, although it is new to the Mets.
Among his priorities, Stearns will have to hire the team’s next coach, following the firing of Buck Showalter on Sunday.
And Stearns added that he expects to see Pete Alonso be the Mets’ starting first baseman next season — the star slugger has been the subject of trade rumors because he could test the free agent market after the 2024 season.