The Mets’ season has long been over, but they continue to strike out.
Oakland A’s executive vice president Billy Beane has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Mets’ vacant position of president of baseball operations, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal.
In addition to Beane, the Milwaukee Brewers have officially denied permission for the Mets to talk to their president of baseball operations, David Stearns, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Beane, who was drafted by the Mets in 1980, was always going to be an ambitious target because he would have to divest his minority ownership stake in the A’s, but his name surfaced due to his close ties with Sandy Alderson, whom he replaced as GM of the A’s in 1997.
Stearns grew up a Mets fans in Manhattan and worked for the team earlier in his career, but Brewers owner Mark Attanasio seems he would like to keep Stearns in place after reaching the postseason in each of the last four years.
Stearns has one more guaranteed year left on his contract but Attanasio feels it is wrong to allow a big-market team to poach executives with time left on their contracts, per Sherman.
The Mets will now look elsewhere, after also reaching out to former Red Sox and Cubs GM Theo Epstein, who ultimately did not have interest in the job.