New York Mets Hiring D’Backs Jared Porter As New General Manager

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Dec 7, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Mets sign and logo during the MLB winter meetings at Gaylord Opryland Resort. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The ongoing General Manager search for the New York Mets has finally concluded, with Arizona Diamondbacks Assistant GM Jared Porter earning the job. Porter is well regarded throughout baseball and was seen as a future GM prior as his reputation grew. As Porter is just moving into his 40s, he is in line to replace Sandy Alderson as President of Baseball Operations if all goes well.

After years of watching the Wilpons import executives who were incompetent, it is amazing to see the Cohen/Alderson group select another quality candidate. Porter spent the last three seasons as the Assistant GM and Senior Vice President of the Diamondbacks. He has an extensive background in the scouting department and has been part of multiple World Series winnings front offices.

The Curse Breaker

Whether or not anything since 1986 is considered a curse, the Mets are in a 34-year championship drought. Porter was the Director of Professional Scouting/Special Assistant for the 2016 curse ending Chicago Cubs. He was also part of three Boston Red Sox World Series-winning front offices (2004, 2007, 2013).

Porter has seen a bevy of jobs throughout his career. He worked his way up from the bottom as an intern, then up a player development assistant, coordinator of professional scouting, and all the way up to assistant director of professional scouting before taking the director job.

Joel Sherman deemed Porter a “Theo Epstein disciple” and will join Alderson and Cohen’s initiative to better the analytic department. This a complete 180 from the Brodie Van Wagenen hiring. Porter’s experience and success show he is more than ready for a GM opportunity.