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Mike Chernoff to interview for Mets president of baseball operations

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The Cleveland executive is currently considered a frontrunner for the job.

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Cleveland Indians general manager Mike Chernoff will formally interview for the Mets’ president of baseball operations job, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Morosi had already reported on Tuesday that the Mets had requested permission from Cleveland to interview Chernoff and that he had “emerged as a leading candidate” for the position.

Chernoff has long been connected to the Mets. He was under consideration for their general manager vacancy after the 2018 season, but he declined to interview. Chernoff is from Livingston, New Jersey and played baseball at Princeton. His father, Mark Chernoff, is the senior vice president for Entercom—WFAN’s parent company.

If Chernoff interviews for the Mets’ president of baseball ops job, he will become the second individual to do so, along with Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill. According to reporting from Andy Martino of SNY, other candidates who are executives with other clubs already have president-level titles in their current jobs, making it difficult for the Mets to get permission to interview them; they have already been denied by the Brewers to interview their president of baseball operations, David Stearns.

This does not seem to be the case with Chernoff. It is worth noting, however, that Mets owner Steve Cohen denied the report publicly on Twitter, saying he was not “aware of” anything. But a hire is rumored to be expected from the Mets “within weeks, if not sooner.”