MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee
Brewers have promoted general manager David Stearns, adding
president of baseball operations to his title and giving him a
contract extension after the team came within one win of the World
The Brewers also elevated chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger
to president of business operations and boosted his contract. The
club announced the moves Tuesday without detailing the length of the
Stearns joined the Brewers in September 2015, hired at 30 as the
youngest GM in the majors. The team finished out a 68-94 season, and
has increased its victory total each year under his leadership.
The Brewers went 96-67 last season, including a win over the Chicago
Cubs at Wrigley Field in an NL Central tiebreaker, and reached the
playoffs for the first time since 2011. Milwaukee swept Colorado in
the NL Division Series, then lost Game 7 of the NL Championship
Series at home to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Stearns traded for eventual NL MVP Christian Yelich before the
season and also signed star outfielder Lorenzo Cain to a long-term
Schlesinger is going into his 17th season with the Brewers. He is
overseeing the $60 million-plus renovation of the team's spring
training complex in Arizona.