If Carlos Beltran had to go for sign stealing last offseason, then Jared Porter has to go now if the facts in ESPN’s story are true and the new Mets GM in 2016 sent a barrage of unsolicited text messages with lewd overtones to a female reporter.
Beltran committed a baseball crime and never made it to his first Opening Day as manager. This would be an offense against decency, power dynamics and common sense by someone who would wield far more organizational power than Beltran would have.
The bombshell that turned the feel-good momentum of the Steve Cohen administration into a Wilpon-esque free fall came late Monday night. The ESPN story, which protected the anonymity of the foreign correspondent, detailed a period when Porter was the Cubs director of professional scouting in 2016 in which he unleashed a barrage of texts on the reporter, who was new to both the United States and covering MLB. The stream of texts that lasted for months included attempts to meet away from the ballpark and pictures of a man wearing pants with a bulge in his groin area and also a naked, erect penis.
ESPN presented screen shots of some of the 60-odd texts and pictures that…