Mets' new GM excited by Cohen's title expectations

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This screen grab from a Zoom call shows new New York Mets general manager Jared Porter Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Porter knows his new boss with the Mets is counting on a championship. Pretty soon, too. That doesnt bother him one bit. Hearing comments like that motivates me, Porter said Monday after being introduced as New Yorks general manager. (Zoom via AP)

NEW YORK – Jared Porter knows his new boss with the Mets is counting on a championship.

Pretty soon, too.

That doesn’t bother him one bit.

“Hearing comments like that motivates me,” Porter said Monday after being introduced as New York’s general manager. “It shows a strong commitment from ownership who wants to win, who wants to put a winner on the field for the fan base in New York, and I completely align with that. It excites me. I want those expectations.”

In a news conference on Zoom that lasted nearly 50 minutes, Porter outlined his vision of emphasizing talent, flexibility, innovation and depth throughout the organization for a Mets team transforming under new owner Steve Cohen and president Sandy Alderson.

Cohen, a hugely successful hedge fund manager with an appetite for winning, bought the club last month from the Wilpon and Katz families for $2.42 billion. The lifelong Mets fan said it would be a disappointment if they don’t win the World Series within three to five years.

Tall talk for a franchise with two titles in 59 seasons of existence — and none since 1986. Those type of lofty demands are more commonly associated with Yankees brass across town, while the stumbling Mets have slogged through nine losing seasons in the last 12.

Porter’s job is to help change all that via scouting, analytics, aggressive player acquisition — every means possible.