Stearns will be replacing Doug Melvin, who spent almost thirteen years in the GM position in Milwaukee. The club announced that he transitioned to an advisory role on August 11, ending his tenure and opening up the spot that Stearns will now fill.
The 30-year-old Stearns brings to the table what the Brewers reportedly wanted in their new GM.
First off, he is from an Ivy League alma mater, graduating from Harvard in 2007. Secondly, he is big in analytics, having worked for the Astros for three years. And finally, Stearns is young and should be able to hold the position for awhile if he does well.
Stearns has worked within baseball virtually since he graduated. He spent 2008 to 2011 working within the MLB's office of the commissioner, assisting with the salary arbitration process and uniform player contracts, as well as being a member for the MLB's negotiating team for the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
He served as the Indians' Director of Baseball Operations from 2011 to 2012. Since, he's been with Houston and "assists General Manager Jeff Luhnow in all baseball operations capacities including player evaluations, player transactions, and contract negotiations and helps oversee the Astros' scouting, player development, and analytics departments," according to the team website.