When the Mets, who are searching for a president of baseball operations, couldn't land one of their top three candidates — Theo Epstein, David Stearns or Billy Beane — they began going down their list to the next names.
One of them: San Francisco Giants general manager Scott Harris.
The Mets, however, will need to keep looking because Harris withdrew his name from consideration for the club's top baseball operations job, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Record/NorthJersey.com, confirming multiple media reports on Monday.
Mets owner Steve Cohen and Harris spoke, the person said, but it didn't seem to be a formal interview. They talked for a decent chunk of time to feel out whether Harris would be a fit for the position.
It seems the Mets were interested, though. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Cohen, in what he said to Harris, made it seem as if the Giants GM was the top candidate for the position at the time.
Reached in a text message on Monday, Scott declined comment out of respect to all parties.
Thus, it sounded like the job could eventually go to Harris if he wanted it. But eventually, he pulled his name from consideration.
Harris — who is from Redwood City, which is part of the San Francisco Bay Area — just completed his second season as general manager of his hometown Giants. Under president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, Scott helped the Giants to a 107-55 record. San Francisco appeared in the NLDS and lost to the rival Dodgers in five games.
Prior to heading to San Francisco almost two years ago, Harris worked for the Cubs for seven years, including as an assistant general manager under team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. In that role, Harris helped with player acquisitions, contract and trade negotiations and player evaluations while overseeing several departments.
The Mets must now continue searching.
One name that has surfaced: Josh Byrnes, the Dodgers' senior vice president of baseball operations. In that role, which Byrnes has held since November 2014, he supervises the team's scouting and player development.
Byrnes also worked as the executive vice president and general manager for the Padres (Oct. 2011-June 2014) and Diamondbacks (Oct. 2005-July 2010).
Justin Toscano is the Mets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.
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