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Jared Porter embracing Steve Cohen’s bold World Series timeline for Mets


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Jared Porter was part of a Red Sox front office that snapped an 86-year championship drought in his first season in the front office.

And the Cubs ended more than a century of misery with their first title in 108 years after Porter arrived in 2016.

The Mets hope Porter, who was introduced as their new general manager on Monday, can provide the same result in Queens — although this time, he’ll be running the show, rather than working for Theo Epstein.

Porter’s new boss — besides team president Sandy Alderson — owner Steve Cohen has already said he’d be disappointed if the Mets don’t bring home a title in “three-to-five years,” and Porter didn’t shy away from that idea.

“I don’t really want to put numbers or timelines on that,’’ Porter said. “Hearing comments like that motivates me. It really excites me. It shows a strong commitment from ownership that really wants to win. I want those expectations.”

His résumé, which included the stints in Boston and Chicago before Porter spent the last four seasons with the Diamondbacks, is what helped land him the job with the Mets. Alderson said Monday he didn’t know much about Porter other than his previous stops before interviewing him.

“Jared has, in my mind, a vision very close to mine and to that of Steve Cohen, in a variety of different ways,” Alderson said.

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Alderson also mentioned how “well-liked” Porter was throughout the game and that “being well-liked goes a long way to being successful in this business.”

The two spoke Monday about bringing in a new “culture” to Queens and utilizing Cohen’s billions not just in free agency, but in building an infrastructure that included improvements in player development, analytics and roster depth.

The team has been aggressive when it comes to mid-tier free agents like Trevor May and James McCann, but it remains to be seen if they go after more expensive prizes like Trevor Bauer and George Springer this offseason.

Alderson warned again the team wouldn’t spend “like drunken sailors,” but wouldn’t rule out signing a player because of the money involved.

“I think what the fans want is not that we win the offseason,” Alderson said, “it’s that we win the season.”

To that end, Porter, 41, stressed “lengthening” the rotation to add to Jacob deGrom — which might take them out of the Trevor Bauer sweepstakes — although he added “never rule anything out.”

Porter also said he valued versatility and being strong up the middle, a notion that might make DJ LeMahieu or center fielder George Springer an intriguing option.

Alderson added they were “trying to be judicious” with how they spent.

And Porter is focused on “a cultural shift.”

“It’s important to create a situation where you’re a hard team to play against,’’ Porter said. “I think that’s something we can attack right away. It’s important to start to build a winning culture.”

They’ll need to add to the coaching staff and Alderson noted that some parts of the free-agent market have moved slowly, so there’s time for them to add more players.

Porter got the GM job after the Mets failed to hire a president of baseball operations, unable to get permission to interview their desired candidates.

With Porter’s arrival, Alderson said he would hand over some of the baseball operations and he looked forward to “many years of connection and collaboration.”

That process started over the weekend when Porter took the job. And the clock is ticking.

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