The Mets’ flirtation with Theo Epstein was short-lived.
In the team’s search for a new president of baseball operations, owner Steve Cohen spoke with Epstein and a mutual agreement was reached that it wasn’t the right fit, according to an industry source. The Post reported Tuesday the two sides were close to meeting.
The 47-year-old Epstein, who guided the Red Sox and Cubs to curse-busting World Series titles — he has three championship rings in total — was free to speak with the Mets without needing permission (he spent the last season as a consultant for MLB).
If the Mets choose to pursue other big fish, such as Oakland’s Billy Beane or Milwaukee’s David Stearns, it would require permission from the respective clubs, as both are under contract.