Mets have finalists ahead of GM research

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The Mets’ search for a general manager, moving quietly through the world of baseball, is approaching resolution, with the finalist pool numbering at least five nominees.

An industry source has confirmed that a pair of assistant general managers Jared Porter of the Diamondbacks and Zack Scott of the Red Sox are joining Michael Hill, most recently the president of baseball operations for the Marlins, and the assistant general manager of the athletics Billy Owens as candidates who have advanced to this stage. Jon Heyman of the MLB Network first reported that Porter and Scott were part of the mix.

A second source said there was at least one additional candidate.

In a process that spanned over a month – he began with a quest to find a president of baseball operations, then demoted in pursuit of a general manager – the Mets, who played their cards very close to the vest. , aim to make their rental for the holidays. A choice by next week is therefore very possible.

Porter has worked for the Diamondbacks since the fall of 2016 after spending 13 months with the Cubs, a race that included their 2016 championship season. He worked for the Red Sox from 2004 to 2015. Originally from Minnesota who grew up in Massachusetts Porter is also in the running to join the Cubs as general manager.

Scott spent 17 seasons with the Red Sox. Last season, he oversaw the team’s baseball scans, baseball systems and professional scouting services. As Dave Dombrowski held a Zoom press conference to announce his hiring as president of baseball operations for the Phillies on Friday, the ultra-accomplished Dombrowski credited Scott for dramatically improving Boston’s analytical service while he ran the Bosox.

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