The Cubs plan to hire Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod to their front office to join Team President Theo Epstein. The trio worked together in the organization during the successful run from 2004-2008 when the Red Sox won 2 World Series titles. Since both executives are under contract with the San Diego Padres, the Cubs will send a player to be named later as compensation for the deal.
Jed Hoyer will serve as Executive Vice President / General Manager (alongside) Theo Epstein. McLeod will serve as the head of scouting and player development. The Cubs just gave Oneri Fleita a new 4-year contract as the director of player development, so he will report to McLeod. Current scouting director Tim Wilken will also report to McLeod. Fleita and Wilken have excellent reputations thoughout all of baseball, so having 5 top-notch executives in one front office makes the Cubs a very formidable team “behind the scenes”.
The Cubs will hold a press conference on Monday to make the hirings official. The rumor is that Randy Bush – who has been serving as the team’s interim GM since Jim Hendry’s firing this summer – will no longer serve in any capacity for the Cubs in the future.
The pieces keep falling into place. Now that the World Series is almost over, it will be time for Theo, Jed & Co. to get moving on formulating a game plan for what they want to do with Manager Mike Quade and free agents like Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Dempster and Carlos Pena. The front office will also have to decide what to do with Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano.