A longtime executive in Boston, Chicago and Arizona, Porter is immensely respected around baseball and has been seen as a future GM for years.
Porter, 41, won three World Series in the front office for the Red Sox and another with the Cubs before joining Arizona as a senior vice president and assistant GM in 2017. He’s worked various roles in baseball operations, but his primary focus has been scouting. He was a director of pro scouting for Boston and Chicago.
Porter will now work under team president Sandy Alderson, who has taken charge of baseball operations under new owner Steve Cohen.
The Mets have already been aggressive following a 26-34 disappointment during the pandemic-shortened regular season. The club is finalizing a four-year, $40 million deal with free agent catcher James McCann, sources told Passan, confirming a report from The Athletic.
New York also signed free agent reliever Trevor May last week to a $15.5 million, two-year deal — the first major transaction for the club since Cohen bought the team for $2.42 billion last month.
Porter inherits a team featuring a number of star players, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, and All-Star hitters Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto. Hard-throwing righty Noah Syndergaard had Tommy John surgery in March and is expected to return sometime during the 2021 season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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