It remains a long shot — a bunch of moons aligning just right — but the Mets have not given up on being Bourn winners.

To that end, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco travelled to Houston last week to have dinner with free agent center fielder Michael Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras, The Post has learned.

It was more a getting-to-know-you session than a dollars-and-cents negotiation, at a time when the dollars and cents remain among the most significant hurdles in doing a deal.

The Mets' strategy has essentially been this: Patiently wait and hope Bourn's market evaporates as spring training nears, moving him to a) turn to them as the best remaining option and b) lower his financial demands.

However, the chasm remains substantial between the two sides. The Mets do not want to give more than three years to a 30-year-old whose main asset on both sides of the ball is his speed. Also, they wonder if any other team, in late January, is ready to commit more than, say, three years at $36 million-$42 million to Bourn.