It has to have been a wild couple of days in the life of Matt Arnold, the General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Yesterday morning, it was reported that Arnold was considered to be a top candidate to become the President of Baseball Operations for the New York Mets and that the executive may have even already received an offer.
Not long after that, though, the reporting changed. Andy Martino revealed that while the Mets were heavily interested in Arnold, no formal offer had been made. In fact, the Mets had only requested permission to speak with right-hand man to Milwaukee’s lead executive, David Stearns.
The Mets need permission to speak to Arnold because he is under contract with another club. Also, there is a belief that Arnold has language in his contract that limits his ability to interview with other clubs. Arnold did not respond to a request to fact check that last point.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) October 26, 2021
Further reporting indicated that the Brewers were not inclined to allow Arnold to interview with the Mets, similarly to how they refused permission for Stearns to talk to New York. The Brewers were able to do this because despite the fact that the title of the Mets’ gig is “President of Baseball Operations” the position still reports to Sandy Alderson, similar to how Arnold currently reports to Stearns. So, a lateral move in terms of the actual decision-making hierarchy.
While Mets have interest in Brewers GM Matt Arnold for a top job they have yet to receive permission to interview him and there’s an expectation they may not get that permission. Milwaukee previously turned down Mets’ attempt to interview Crew baseball president David Stearns.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 27, 2021
It wouldn’t be a first for a team to give up player compensation in order to hire a front office executive or field manager away from another team, and that is also apparently a route that the Brewers may have explored with the Mets for the ability to hire Arnold.
Talked to multiple sources this morning regarding Matt Arnold and the Mets:— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) October 27, 2021
- Arnold is the Mets current top target
- The Mets have not received permission to talk to Arnold yet
- There’s a belief that Brewers are seeking player compensation for Arnold
In the end, though, Arnold ultimately removed his name from consideration for the job with the Mets. It was revealed later too that he would not only be staying put for now, but signing an extension to remain in Milwaukee for awhile longer, too.
Per a source with knowledge of the process, the Brewers’ Matt Arnold has withdrawn his name from consideration to be the Mets’ next president of baseball ops. That means Arnold will remain with the Brewers as GM, a role he was promoted to after the 2020 season.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 27, 2021
Brewers GM Matt Arnold will be getting an extension with the Crew rather than a chance to interview with the Mets. People do love Milwaukee.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 27, 2021
So, Milwaukee’s brain trust will stay intact, at least for now. The focus can turn back to figuring out how to put a better offense on the field in 2022.