With the Brewers struggling in 2015 and a rebuild on the horizon, Doug Melvin's status had been in question for a while. It was uncertain if Melvin would stick around for another Brewers rebuild or not. Today, we got some resolution on that question. Adam McCalvy reported this morning that the Doug Melvin will move to an advisory role and the search for a new GM will begin:
#Brewers GM Doug Melvin says he is ready to move to advisory role. Club begins search for new GM immediately. Story coming to MLB .com.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 11, 2015
This isn't a complete shock since it has been expected for some time. There had been rumors around the Brewers this year that Doug Melvin may step away from the GM role, potentially to take the role of team president or some other role where he would still be a part of the team. The way this change is happening makes it look like it's happening on good terms, rather than being forced out by principal owner Mark Attanasio. There is an agreement for him to remain in an advisory role, but there's no word on the length of it.
Who would the Brewers target in the search? It's too early to say, but Adam McCalvy has some further insight into that:
#Brewers have hired executive search firm Korn Ferry to organize GM search. Will target younger candidates with knowledge of analytics.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 11, 2015
Listening to Mark A's criteria for next GM, Dave Dombrowski is not a fit. Let's drop that rumor.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 11, 2015
This would suggest that the new GM will be a younger executive, probably someone who has not been a GM before. Dave Dombrowski, former GM of the Tigers, is a big name out there as he is expected to land a new GM position somewhere before next season. However, a younger search would definitely eliminate him from the picture. It may not be long before we hear word on some potential candidates as well. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes the Mark Attanasio is currently at the owners meetings:
Attanasio is at owners meetings here in Chicago, so he'll be able to approach some to ask permission to talk to candidates on those clubs.— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 11, 2015
Doug Melvin has helped revive this Brewers franchise, and he has done a lot to keep the team competitive during his tenure. He built teams that made the playoffs in 2008 and 2011, along with some of the biggest trades we have seen as Brewers fans with the acquisition of players like CC Sabathia and Zack Greinke. However, with Melvin getting older and the team facing a rebuild, the timing of this transition makes sense. While we should remain grateful for all Melvin has done for the Brewers, it is time to see what a new GM can do.