A source with knowledge of the process confirmed Wednesday that Milwaukee Brewers general manager Matt Arnold had withdrawn his name from consideration for the position of New York Mets president of baseball operations.
Arnold will remain in his role as the Brewers’ GM, a position he was promoted to after the 2020 season.
The New York Post reported Tuesday that the Mets had been in contact with Arnold and might have made an offer for him to become their new president of baseball operations. He was characterized as the “top candidate” for that job.
Other reports surfaced later, however, indicating the process might not have gone that far yet with Arnold, suggesting it wasn’t clear if the Brewers had given the Mets permission to speak with him.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted later in the day that Arnold would be getting an extension with the Brewers instead of interviewing with the Mets:
Brewers GM Matt Arnold will be getting an extension with the Crew rather than a chance to interview with the Mets. People do love Milwaukee.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 27, 2021
Teams usually aren’t open to letting top baseball executives make lateral moves to other teams, which is why principal owner Mark Attanasio earlier denied the Mets permission to talk to Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns, who is under contract for 2022 with a club option for ’23. Taking that position would be a promotion for Arnold from his general manager role.
After being named the Brewers’ GM in October 2015, Stearns hired Arnold to be his assistant GM. Arnold, 42, was director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Rays, moving through the ranks during his nine years with that organization.
In January 2019, the Brewers gave Stearns a contract extension and promoted him to president of baseball operations. After the 2020 season, Stearns in turn promoted Arnold to general manager.
Beyond assisting Stearns with the day-to-day operations of the club, Arnold’s responsibilities include roster construction, financial planning, staffing and personnel development, and contract negotiations. He also supervises medical operations, integrative sports performance and foreign and domestic scouting.
Before joining Tampa Bay, Arnold worked in the front offices of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds.
The Los Angeles Angels reportedly had interest in Arnold last offseason when they were searching for a new general manager before hiring Perry Minasian of the Atlanta Braves. He also interviewed with the Pittsburgh Pirates after the 2019 season during their GM search.
The Mets are trying to rebound from a tumultuous year in their front office. Newly hired general manager Jared Porter was fired after revelations of sexual harassment in previous jobs, and his interim replacement, Zack Scott, was suspended after a driving under the influence arrest.
New York set its sights high by pursuing former Cubs president Theo Epstein, Oakland executive vice president Billy Beane and Stearns. Epstein and Beane removed themselves from consideration and the Brewers blocked talks with Stearns.
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