Stearns, 35, is a native New Yorker and graduate of Harvard who began his career in baseball with the Mets.
That the Brewers declined to allow Stearns to interview is not a surprise, since any team is permitted to decline such requests if the potential job they would be interviewing for is not a promotion.
SNY's Andy Martino reported on Nov. 11 that some of the Mets' potential candidates already have president-level titles with their current clubs, making it difficult for the Mets to obtain permission to interview them.
To date, the only known candidate the Mets have interviewed is former Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill, whose interview was first reported by Martino.
Alderson said on Nov. 10 that the process of making the key front office hires shouldn't take a "long time."
“Wouldn’t want to put a time limit on it, but we understand it’s important to get people in place,” he said. “In the meantime, I got a small but very capable group remaining. We talk every morning for an hour or so. I’ve already been in touch with agents for free agents."