Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod Are Next: Cubs Have Officially Asked for, and Received, Permission to “Interview” San Diego Duo

Things moved fast in the wake of the Cubs’ and Red Sox’s joint decision to allow Theo Epstein to resign as Red Sox General Manager and officially join the Cubs as President of Baseball Operations (“decision” is, perhaps, the greatest euphemism of all – I’m quite certain Emperor Selig applied a little Force choke to the Red Sox, saying, “You will let Epstein go now and decide on compensation later. These swirling reports will not interfere with my battle station World Series.”)

Indeed, it’s already been reported that the Cubs have officially asked and received permission to speak with San Diego Padres’ GM Jed Hoyer, and Assistant GM Jason McLeod. Each previously worked with Epstein in Boston, and, in recent days, has been widely expected to join him in Chicago.

Because of Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts’ relationship with Padres’ CEO Jeff Moorad, and because of Moorad’s desire to promote VP of Baseball Operations Josh Byrnes to GM, the request for permission to speak to Hoyer (and McLeod) was a bit of an exercise in technicalities. Multiple reports earlier in the week had Hoyer and McLeod already agreeing to join Epstein, so there was never a real chance that the Padres would decline the Cubs’ overtures.

Unlike the Cubs’ and Red Sox’s compensation talks, talks with the Padres are not expected to be contentious. Indeed, like the now-agreement between the Cubs and Red Sox, most expect the Padres to let Hoyer and McLeod go now, with compensation to be determined at a later time. Early indications say the compensation will be a lower-level, “second-echelon” type prospect.

It’s possible, therefore, that you could see the Cubs introducing Hoyer and McLeod as the newest members of the Cubs’ front office on Tuesday, at the same press conference introducing Epstein.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

94 responses to “Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod Are Next: Cubs Have Officially Asked for, and Received, Permission to “Interview” San Diego Duo”

  1. Sayueri

    If compensation is necessary, I’m guessing the Padres will be happy with cash.

  2. Toosh

    The Cubs have given the Padres an agreed upon list of players to choose from.

  3. cubsklm

    I always like a thorough house cleaning, and this is exactly what the Cubs need.

    After Tuesday, get your bags packed Quade, you’re next.

    Also, I don’t know how much clearer it has to be, to the players, there is a new sheriff/regime in town. Better perform, or you’ll be ridden out of town.

    My hats off to Tom Ricketts and family.

  4. Swaz46

    I don’t know we really realize just how BIG all of this is. The Cubs are essentially tripling their baseball operations department with three fantastic hires. Do you think Rozner still believes Ricketts isn’t a smart guy?

  5. Cubsklm

    Here’s how I think Tuesday’s news conference will go down.

    News Media: Tom Ricketts, did you order the Code Redsox?
    Theo Epstein: You *don’t* have to answer that question!
    Tom Ricketts: I’ll answer the question!
    Tom Ricketts: You want answers?
    News Media: We think we’re entitled to.
    Tom Ricketts: *You want answers?*
    News Media: *We want the truth!*
    Tom Ricketts: *You can’t handle the truth!*
    Tom Ricketts: Son, we live in a world where the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over a century. There are walls, and those walls have to be torn down by men with sabermetrics. Who’s gonna do it? You? Jim Hendry. You, Mike Quade? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for John Henry, and you curse the Redsox. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That while getting Theo, while tragic to the Redsox nation, probably saved Wrigleyville. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves Wrigleyville. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on owning the Cubs, you need me owning the Cubs. We use words like Banks, Santo, Harry, and Ryno. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent trying to building something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very team that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
    News Media: Did you order the Code Redsox?
    Tom Ricketts: I did the job I…
    News Media: *Did you order the Code Redsox?*
    Tom Ricketts: *You’re Goddamn right I did!*


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  6. ry

    Well done cubsklm! Beautiful!

  7. Robbo

    Breaking news….Ricketts impressed with Fenway Franks…made an offer to acquire Boston’s top hot dog vendor….Quade being offered as compensation. Announcement next Thursday.

    1. Jason

      This would be A steal – Quade is probably only worth a vendor ranked between 5 and 10

  8. Oswego Chris

    I just kind of find it funny that when it finally became official, Brett was actually living his life and not obssessively following all things Theo like he has had to do for near a month and then we had some people on hear saying he was “scooped”…I think he deserves credit for showing restraint..when Kaplan and Bruce were both listening to Crane Kenney on Thursday and announcing the Friday press conference it would have been easy to squeal then…but he didn’t…he held his squeal in

    this is great Cub news….and BN has been on top of it the whole time, and what I have learned through this whole process is many  writers really don’t know shit…

    BN should be the place Cub fans go first thing in the morning…




    1. Polar Bear

      Well said, Chris!

      Thank you, Brett!

    2. MichiganGoat

      Correct but it’s fun to bust Brett’s balls

    3. MontelleW

      Oswego Crhis, Brett’s Bleacher nation is the first thing I do every morning, even before the coffee!! You rock, Brett! Keep up the awesome job – Cubs fans everywhere need it!

  9. Polar Bear

    In my mind, I see this being the conversation that Theo and Jed will have once they get behind closed doors.


    “What are we going to do today, Brain? Narf!”

    “The same thing we try to do everyday, Pinky. TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!”

    1. MichiganGoat

      Nice reference!

      1. Polar Bear

        Thanks MG.

  10. jfish1219

    hey Brett how old is your little one?

  11. Joy

    Ok now that we might actually have something to look forward to next year, can we use our mojo on making sure the Cards don’t win the WS?  I don’t think I can stomach that.



  12. die hard

    I will be impressed if Zambrano, Soriano, Ramirez, Pena, Dempster, Soto, Marmol and Byrd gone and replaced by above average players by Feb 1, 2012. Anything less will be a disappointment.

    1. Toosh

      The list is fine, but they won’t be replaced by above average players.

  13. RoughRiider

    I didn’t like the hiring of Quade. I thought it was a terrible decision. Still do. But, I have never doubted that he wanted what all Cubs fans want, for the Cubs team to be successful and reach the ultimate. We know, even if he doesn’t, his days are numbered. Stay classy and don’t pile on derisive comments. If not for his sake for your own.

    1. die hard

      agree with RR Q sentiments….Q cant be faulted for trying to reach for brass ring…hes decent guy whose niche is minor league manager and he should be offered same position in Cubs farm system because he will now be even better at preparing youngsters for major leagues.

  14. Cheryl

    RoughRider, Well said! He was just out of his depth but he tried.

  15. jfish1219

    So if you were Theo/Hoyer would you go after Fielder and use him has a corner stone to the rebuilding process. I for one would

    1. die hard

      wouldnt spend a dime next year…need to shed bad contracts and evaluate what we have…for instance some say LaHair is ready..lets find out

      1. Jeff

        I, agree, with Die Hard????????

        1. Andrew

          Yeah. I have to agree, too, to a certain extent. The Cubs will probably not be able to dump every big salary on the roster. Ramirez is gone. Z will be gone. I will be happy with Soriano gone, but wouldn’t be surprised to see him here one more year (not saying that’s what I want – just saying that the team can only eat so much salary for people not actually on the roster).

          If the Cubs spend this offseason it needs to be on pitching – not on Fielder or Pujols.

          1. Sweetjamesjones

            Hoping to God we trade Soriano somewhere (AL being a better match). I dont care if we get a year’s supply of “Big League Chew” for him, I just want him gone.

            Or bench him. Eat the salary up. Bring up anyone.

            Just hoping this gets done.

  16. Cheryl

    I agree with die hard. Let’s find out if LaHair is ready. If they want to spend money get some good solid pitching.

  17. Lou

    Exactly Cheryl. The cupboard is exceptionally bare in the starting pitching dept.

  18. Sweetjamesjones


    Mike Quade is sipping on wine.

    Watching a “Designing Women” marathon on TV.

    A tear falls from his eyes.

    He knows…

    His days are numbered….

    /At least he can go back to staring in more Hellraiser movies.
    Just sayin.’

  19. Moms A Cubs Fan

    I’m just counting down the days until “The Quade” is gone

    1. Sweetjamesjones

      Thats the spirit!

  20. Larry


    I know that no word has come out as to what type of compensation Boston will be receiving, but if you were to take a guess, who or what type of prospects would you expect to see heading to Fenway?

  21. chris margetis

    I’m in shock. If I read correctly Rosendouche actually complemented Ricketts.

    1. Fishin Phil

      I had to read it twice myself, but yes, he did.  At least he had the balls to man up and give credit where credit is due.  However, he is still a douche.

    2. Jeff

      Really? You mean to tell me he can write an article where every other word isn’t “fanboy owner”?

  22. Kansas Cubs Fan

    Peter Gammons just said Cubs would be interested in Interveiwing Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, and said that Theo is a big Bud Black fan(Padres manager) and said he wanted him in 2003 before hiring Francona in Boston.

    1. jfish1219

      That would be a nice staff IMO Bud as mngr. Rudy as hitting coach and Mike as pitching coach. For once I hope Gammons is accurate. (Old Crotchety Douche)

      1. Kansas Cubs Fan

        Yeah im not much of a Gammons fan but I dont know how likley Bud or Mike Maddux would be, Bud wants to stay in San Diego and Mike has some good pitchers in Texas and that team is currently back to back AL champs.

        But so far looks like anything is possible so why not right!?

  23. clark addison

    We don’t need no stinkin’ Mike Maddux. We already have his little brother. Now all we need to do is to talk him into being pitching coach.

    It will have to be an incentive other than money. He has more of that than goc.

  24. Cliffy

    Junior Lake with 2 singles and 1 double allso 1 Stolen base. He is 11 for 11 in SB. Batting 370 OPS is 1150 plus. How about using him at short and Castro at third or visa versa. Play small ball next year with Castro, Lake and Campana stealing bases. Drive pitchers and catchers nuts.

    1. Cubbie_Blue

      I have always like junior lake, i agree with giving him a shot. He also has a lot of pop too, he has all of the tools offensive.

    2. Katie

      While I’m all for stealing bases and keeping pitchers off balance, moving Castro to third will do nothing to help with his throwing errors. If you move him, it’s to second.

      1. Internet Random

        Keyword: “if”. I agree that second is the only other position that makes sense, but I’m not at all ready to give up on him at short. I’m chalking the throwing errors this year up to freshman jitters. If he keeps booting routine throws to first next year, I’ll have to reconsider.

    3. Cheryl

      I like Junior Lake but he may be part of the compensation to the Red Sox. I hope not, but its a possibility.

    4. RoughRiider

      He also has 4 errors in 14 games.

  25. Cubbie_Blue

    Is anyone other then me looking forward to the cubs redsox series at wrigley this summer? i cant wait to stick it to them

    1. Sweetjamesjones

      Im with you on that one Cubbie_Blue, Im gonna try to fly up to Chicago for that weekend actually.

      1. Cubbie_Blue

        Yes sweet james, i now hate the red sox through all of this. I hope we sweep them in blow out fashion every game

        1. Sweetjamesjones

          Here in the great state of Tennessee, we have an ass load of bandwagon Red Sox fans. Fans that never knew anything about the team before their WS victory in 2004. When they won again in what? 07? They became EVEN more annoying as they had become ungrateful and arrogant.

          From then on, I have hated the Red Sox.

          BUT, this year being such a sweet sweet time for the Rex Sox collapse, I have made sure to remind them of their failure. Now we have Epstein? Its been good “talking shit” ammo.

          /Also HATE the Braves. Their fanbase. That stupid ass “tomahawk” chop.

          1. Cubbie_Blue

            Haha i agree sweet james i once lived in tennessee, hate the bandwagon yanks and sox fans. The whole braves thing was annoying as well. i share your pain my friend, i hope the cubs change things in a great way.

  26. Cubsklm

    Here’s how I see Tuesday’s New Conference going down.

    News Media: What ran through your mind before deciding to join the Cubs.
    Jed Hoyer: It’s 2100 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.
    Jason McLeod: Hit it.

  27. Cliffy

    Junior Lake finished 4 for 5 with 3 singles and 1 double 3 rbi’s and 1 SB. Batting 379

  28. die hard

    If we had to keep Soriano and Byrd, would move Castro to center to cover left center and right center too and move Byrd to right who would help Castro learn outfield…D Lamaheu can cover short and play it smarter by making all routine plays which is better than hot and cold Castro play….

  29. Kansas Cubs Fan

    On twitter people are saying that Samardzija could be going to Boston as compensation for Theo.

    I think that is over paying he had a great year last year and maybe hes figuring how to pitch, if he goes I wont be too happy!

    1. hansman1982

      at this point as long as it is not Garza, Castro, Jackson, Marshall – just get it done and lets move on to whom we are sending with Soriano to not have to eat 75% of his contract.

      1. Kansas Cubs Fan

        If we got rid of Soriano and not have to pay any of his contract then I would send Samardzija with him but not Samardzija by himself.

  30. Katie

    My head hurts

    1. Kansas Cubs Fan

      Have a Crown and Coke!