Update: Harris has declined to be a candidate for the Mets position.
The New York Mets, who are in the process of rebuilding their front office, have reportedly spoken to San Francisco Giants general manager Scott Harris about joining the organization. The news comes via Michael Mayer of Metsmerized.
Sources: The Mets have talked to Giants GM Scott Harris about joining their front office.— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) October 25, 2021
As is commonplace these days, the Mets are believed to be looking to fill not just a GM role, but also a president of baseball operations role. With Harris already holding a GM role with a contending team near where he grew up, conventional wisdom would say that the Mets would need to offer Harris a PBO job to lure him away. But conventional wisdom is not always accurate, and you never know what kind of challenge someone is looking for — or what a team will pay them to accept said challenge.
Harris joined the Giants from the Chicago Cubs following the 2019 season, after San Francisco went a season into Farhan Zaidi’s tenure as PBO without having a GM. While Zaidi is the face of the operation, and usually the one who gets credit for the Giants moves and rapid ascent, he’s always quick to point to the partnership with Harris. Most Giants fans probably couldn’t pick Harris out of a lineup, but it would certainly be a hit to the organization if he were to depart.
The news comes just a few days after it was reported that Giants special assistant and former GM Brian Sabean is chomping at the bit to lead an organization again, and would love the Mets job. Mayer reports that, despite Sabean’s enthusiasm for the gig, the interest might be one-sided.
I haven't heard yet that the Mets have interest in Brian Sabean, despite him clearly having interest in joining the Mets front office.— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) October 25, 2021