Doug Melvin is one of the five longest-tenured general manager's in baseball and has been instrumental in bringing the Brewers back from the dark days of the 90s to being a competitor for most of the last eight or so years.
Melvin is also in the last year of his contract with the Brewers. And according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Melvin is considering moving on from general manager and taking a new role in the organization. In fact, Melvin and owner Mark Attanasio have apparently been talking for weeks about what that might entail.
It's not an unexpected thing to hear by any means. Since the off-season, there has been plenty of speculation on the future of Melvin and the Brewers general manager position. Tom Haudricourt has predicted that the Brewers would name Melvin as president similar to what the Phillies did with Andy MacPhail.
Most likely, any such organizational moves will come after the conclusion of the 2015 season. It's possible it could happen sooner, but with the trade deadline coming up the Brewers would likely let Melvin 'play out' his contract so to speak before promoting him.
As for potential successors, the assumption is that current scouting director Ray Montgomery will ascend to the general manager position. He had been a scout for Milwaukee for years but took a job as scouting director for the Diamondbacks in 2010. He returned to the Brewers in 2014 after Bruce Seid's unfortunate passing.
Montgomery has been seen as a strong GM candidate in baseball and was one of the candidates to take over the position for the Padres in 2014 (A.J. Preller eventually got the job). The Diamondbacks had also been getting him more involved in decisions surrounding the team, apparently grooming him to potentially take on a bigger role.
Though Montgomery is the obvious choice, there's also a strong chance the Brewers interview outside candidates if Melvin does move on from general manager. The team has shown a preference for promoting from within, however, as seen by Craig Counsell replacing Ron Roenicke as manager.
Melvin, now 62, has been general manager of the Brewers since September 2002.