It never hurts to start a new baseball office job with a winning pedigree, and in Jared Porter, the New York Mets and team president Sandy Alderson have a young leader who has already loaded up with World Series titles.
According to several reports on Saturday, Porter will be the Mets’ new general manager under Alderson. Porter, most recently Arizona Vice President and Assistant GM of Arizona, wanted to replace Brodie Van Wagenen, who was released by the Mets last month after the sale of the team to billionaire Steve Cohen ended.
Porter, 41, is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Maine, where he captained both his hockey and baseball teams in his senior year. His first job with a major league team was in 2004, when he was an intern at the Boston Red Sox. It was the same season that the great Boston series won its first World Series title since 1918. Porter also worked for the Sox when the club won titles in 2007 and 2013, and his last post in the Sox was as director of professional scouting from 2012 to 2015. …
Porter later worked for the Chicago Cubs as director of professional scouting and as a special assistant, including during the 2016 season when the franchise won its first world series since 1908.
“He wants to win. He does not hide it, “said a baseball source who knows Porter. “During this time, a lot of people come into a new team or a new situation and say, ‘It’s going to be a process.’ There’s only one way to solve every problem a major league team has, and that is to win. Jared gets it. ”
The Mets have not sniffed the playoffs since 2016 when Alderson was still the team’s GM, and the club finished with a losing record (26-34) in a shortened 2020 season, and missed the record season despite an expanded playoff format that included 16 teams.
But with Cohen’s deep pockets – he is the richest among the 30 Major League Baseball team owners with an estimated net worth of $ 14.6 billion, according to Forbes – and the combined baseball expert of Alderson and Porter, Flushing Baseball’s fortunes could turn around quickly. Cohen already said during his inaugural press conference that if his team does not win a world series “in the next three to five years … then I will consider it a bit disappointing.”
According to the baseball source, however, Porter will not be thrilled by Cohen’s high expectations or the press boiler in New York.
“(Porter) gets the idea that analysis, scouting and front office all need to work together,” the source said. “With many teams, this great war is going on all the time. But Porter knows how to set the tone and how to create an environment that will win.
“His strength is in everything,” the source continued. “This is the best rent for any team this season. He’s so bright. He knows all there is to know about every facet of a front office. He is as dynamic as they come when it comes to understanding all parts of the game and being able to facilitate it and get everyone on the same page. ”
A sports lawyer praised Porter as a “bright” baseball mind, but who is also a tireless worker. The lawyer said that Porter probably did not rise any higher in the Diamondbacks hierarchy as long as general manager Mike Hazen had that post, and that Porter has a unique opportunity under the Mets’ new ownership.
“I do not think Porter will take the Mets job if Fred and Jeff Wilpon are still owners,” the lawyer said. “But I think Sandy will give (Porter) some space and will not rule.”
Alderson, who turned 73 last month, already filled a position on the Mets’ roster, and reportedly signed free agent James McCann to a four-year deal worth more than $ 40 million. Other top agents on the market for free include the musty Trevor Bauer, who won the National League Cy Young Award in 2020, and the outfielder George Springer.
“Having a guy like Sandy only makes (Porter) better, but he also wants to make Sandy better,” said the baseball source. “Ports network very well. He is not rattled. His temper does not get too far up or down. He’s not a big fan, and he can handle the trials and tribulations and excitement that can come from being in New York. ”
Cohen and his wife, Alex, were already creating excitement on Saturday when the pair greeted Mets’ season ticket holders outside Citi Field. Mets fans should be just as excited about the latest team leadership, which brings a passion for winning combined with a steady chilled approach.
“(Porter) is as proud to sign a high-profile free agent as he is to sign a guy out of Japan or a minor leager. He values everything, says the source. “He sees the big picture and how these things will be fulfilled along the way. He is very forward-leaning. No one doubts how badly he will win. “