The New York Mets already added one long sought after member of the Brewers’ organization when they hired David Stearns. Now they may add another long time member of the organization.
Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell is set to be a free agent soon. His contract in Milwaukee runs until the end of October. According to Jon Heyman and Mike Puma of the New York Post, Counsell has “serious” interest in the Mets’ managerial opening.
New York Mets make sense for Craig Counsell
One had to see this coming. Counsell and Stearns had a strong working relationship during their time in Milwaukee. Once Buck Showalter was let go and Billy Eppler resigned due to an investigation into his manipulation of the Injured List, Stearns was set to remake the brain trust in his image. What better way to ensure that his vision comes to fruition than the manager he had for nine years with the Brewers?
Counsell’s departure is not a forgone conclusion. He lives in the Milwaukee area and his children attend school there. The Brewers have already made an extension offer to Counsell and he was reportedly set to interview in Cleveland on Monday. The Mets can offer far more than any other team financially, but that can also be a negotiating point as well. The cost of living difference between New York and the Midwest is ridiculous.
There is something to be said for comfort. Counsell has that in Milwaukee. He may even have a job with the Brewers until he decides it’s time to retire. But there is also a comfort level with Stearns, potentially making a move to New York easier. It could be another case where Steve Cohen’s money wins out.
There is mutual interest between the New York Mets and Craig Counsell. The Mets brain trust could have a Brewers feel heading into 2024.