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Mets News: Jared Porter confirms interest in George Springer

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates a two run single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates a two run single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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During a radio appearance on Tuesday, New York Mets General Manager Jared Porter spoke about the club’s offseason plans which includes a pursuit of George Springer.

On Tuesday newly appointed New York Mets General Manager Jared Porter made an appearance on MLB Network Radio with both Jon Morosi and Dan Graca, and he had revealed some exciting news that is certainly going to stir up Mets fans this holiday season.

While Porter has become an instant hit among Mets fans on social media after his introductory press conference on Monday, his tease of some potential bigger moves on the horizon only fueled the eagerness to see Porter get to work.

When Porter was asked about prized free-agent outfielder George Springer, he had nothing but praise in regards to the 31-year old outfielder and the position he has put himself in this offseason with his play on the field. Porter also confirmed what many baseball insiders have been expressing over the past week or so, that the organization has an interest in acquiring Springer this winter.

We are currently evaluating all pockets of the market. Whether that’s free agency, trades, the high-end, the low-end, for depth. George Springer is a guy who is going to be part of that process,” stated the newly minted Mets General Manager.

Taking that quote into account Porter held no punches back in terms of the Mets potentially acquiring Springer this offseason. It’s also notable that currently around baseball the leading sentiment is that the organization is considered the favorites to land the talented outfielder this winter, as many believe Springer is the Mets’ number one target.

Moving a little deeper into the conversation, Porter was also asked about the potential for the Mets going after one of the premier shortstops that could be had on the trade market this offseason.

Porter responded by affirming his confidence in both shortstops that the organization currently has on the roster in Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez, as well as stating Luis Guillorme’s ability to play shortstop.

However, Porter also followed that statement up by saying, “Like I said earlier, we’re going to explore all pockets of the market. If there are trades that make sense, we’ll try to execute on them.” Porter also made it clear that not all trades the organization may make moving forward will be for a star player, but they will be to build depth among the roster, which is a similar assertion we had heard from Team President Sandy Alderson.

While Porter’s words don’t necessarily rule out a trade for a player such as Francisco Lindor, it seems the front office will be more involved in trades this offseason that will give the Mets flexibility among their entire roster. Yet if a Lindor trade makes sense both financially and from a standpoint from what the Mets would have to give up to get a player such as Lindor, you can fully expect the front office to pull the trigger.

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What all Mets fans can take from this conversation is that the front office will be active members this offseason in building the franchise for success in 2021 and beyond. With a highly respected General Manager now in place, the Mets are sitting in a good position as we move deeper into the winter months and the optimism surrounding the franchise continues to grow.

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