Today, the Chicago Cubs officially added former San Diego Padres executives Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod to their ever-growing stable of kick-ass front office members. Hoyer is the Cubs’ new Executive Vice President and General Manager, while McLeod is a Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development (which means Scouting Director Tim Wilken and Farm Director Oneri Fleita will report to McLeod, who reports to Hoyer, who reports to Theo Epstein). The two were former assistants of Theo Epstein’s in Boston during the Red Sox’s dominant run. The news was announced in a joint statement with the Padres.

The Padres and Cubs presumably were allowed to announce the move today because of the World Series rainout – hooray, rain. The Cubs will send compensation the Padres’ way, but, for now, it is of the “Player to Be Named Later” variety. Josh Byrnes, as expected, as promoted to the Padres’ GM position, vacated by Hoyer.

Hoyer and McLeod will be introduced in a press conference soon after the end of the World Series, but, presumably, can get to work right away.

As the front office continues to shake out, I will, at some point (as in, when we have some more clarity beyond the hierarch listed in the parenthetical in the first paragraph), discuss what each member’s role will be, because things look to be quite different than under the Jim Hendry regime. For now, its fair to assume that Epstein will be in charge of all things baseball, Hoyer will be in charge of all of the day-to-day tasks on the baseball side, and McLeod will be in charge of all things drafting and scouting.

I should add: don’t let the “expectedness” of these moves fool you. Adding Hoyer and McLeod to the front office is just a huge, huge get. Landing Epstein is the biggest move, but these kind of subsequent moves are precisely the reason getting Epstein was such a big deal in the first place. The best and brightest want to work for Theo.

An added thought: You’ve got to figure Tim Wilken, who is under contract only through 2012, may now be interested in seeking out a top scouting job (or better) in another organization. You can also assume the Cubs will gladly let him – not because they don’t value his work, but because it’s the right thing to do.

  • Kyle

    Yes, yes, yes.

    I hope Hoyer is as good as he seems, because I think he’s going to have a much bigger role in this team’s immediate future than people think.

  • Diesel

    This is FANTASTIC!

  • MrCub73

    Glad it rained!! I have not been so excited about a Cubs off-season in years, but this one has me excited. The Cubs may not win much in 2012, but I think they will be better than expected. It’s not 2012 that has me so excited, I actually believe for a change the Cubs have the people in place who can get the Cubs the ultimate prize. Can’t wait!!!!

  • RonSantosLegs

    My pants are so tight in the crotchal region. Not only because we have the sexiest front office in all of baseball but because the future seems SO damn bright. Love it!

    • Diesel

      I just “Jizzed in my pants”

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      Its actually an optical illusion in the pattern of the pants.

  • deej34

    This is awesome! How can anyone not see this as a huge step forward for the cubs!! Thanks for the constant coverage Brett! I get more fun BN than any other source!

    Cue pissy, pesimistic, nonsensical comment from die-hard to rain on the parade…

    • Katie

      Sssh! Don’t kick the turds, you just end up with shit on your shoes.

  • Morgan

    i think with a couple nice moves here and there this team can be compeitive next year. We have some talent on this team, the divison will be weaker prob next year, the brewers prob wont be as good next year without prince, the cards will be the same, and a change of culture and additude can go along way in a players confidence. I think players were tired of quade and didnt really go all out to play for him. we have to see what theo does

  • funkster

    Even though I knew it was coming, this is exciting stuff.

  • bacboris

    I really do approve of this poaching the best management talent approach. In that vein, Theo I hear there’s this pitching coach in St. Louis that wouldn’t mind some job security and a pay raise. If he makes a big deal about his loyalty to an ‘unnamed manager’, no worries. Tell him, the Cubs will gladly hire ‘unnamed’ manager as a special assistant when he decides hes had enough of the day to day grind.

  • Oswego Chris

    Remember when Ricketts was getting crucified (mostly by talk radio guys)  because he re-upped with Oneiri Fleita and that move was going to make some prospective candidates shy away from the Cubs?

    this is the biggest “get” we could have ever hoped for and anyone who says different is crazy….


    • Frat Rat


    • Fishin Phil

      Haven’t heard anyone refer to him as “CRicketts” lately either.  Go Tommy!

  • Alex

    What can I say..

    I’m not used to this. Someone pinch me, am I dreaming?

  • LouCub

    Brett, any news on whose following Theo from Boston?? or does that have to wait till the compensation issue is settled? I’m thrilled with these 2 however…you couldn’t script this better

    • hansman1982

      Reading between the lines on a few quotes yesterday and today it seems that the compensation is more geared towards who else is coming than with Theo

    • Brett

      Nothing yet. I suspect it won’t be resolved until the compensation issue is resolved. This will be mentioned in a bullet this morning.

  • Captainplanet54

    Damn…these are a great last 2 days now if the Cardinals lose the World Series tomorrow that’s just gravy

  • Shawn

    As the infusion of talent in the Cub front office continues, I can only think the Cardinals begged for a cancellation of todays game. They are clearly trying to delay the inevitable. There is a new power rising on the North Side.


  • hansman1982

    At this point I think if we don’t appear in at least 1 WS in the next decade then it literally is impossible for the Cubs to EVER have any hope to appear in another one and they should just implode Wrigley and move the Cubs to Barrow, AK and have them play baseketball.

    • Brian Myers

      Sadly, the farm system of the Cubs I’ve seen ranked some where between #18 and #20 in baseball. They have an aging, over priced team with only a handful (as in, can be counted on the fingers of one hand) of players to build a championship club around. They are an abundance of mediocre talent with more lower quality Major League players than upper quality. Due to budgets and existing contracts, they are a minimum of 2 years away from realistically being a playoff team (draining the farm system and free agent pool). They are likely a minimum of 5 years away from being a Red Sox like contender from year to year as they’ll need to re-build the farm system after replacing our existing questionable talent.

      The key to the Cubs winning if fairly simple… good pitching. Virtually every great Cubs team has had great pitching performances, sadly the Cubs need to almost totally start over with Pitchers. But if they figure this out, the Cubs will be back..finally…. in a World Series.

      • Frat Rat

        Hoyer/McLeod rebuilt the Padres’ farm system inside of two years………….

        • Todd

          A caveat to the two year Padre turnaround; they had trade-able major league players to help infuse the minor leagues with talent. Not that I’m not confident in the Cubs’ front office abilities but every situation is different. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

          • Brett

            Absolutely right – it wasn’t just the draft on the Padres’ side. One good thing, though: in neither draft did the Padres sign a bunch of overslot types, and yet they still had widely-complimented drafts both times. That bodes well.

      • Brett

        Keep in mind, if I had to guess, the Cubs have one of the three most talented farm systems in terms of players under the age of 20 in all of baseball. It’s hard to see that now, but in a few years (yes, patience), it’s possible the system could explode with upper-level talent.

        • Todd

          From what I’ve read, I’d agree with your sentiment on where our younger prospects put us, and I’m really excited about this recent draft class. We might get two very solid position players and a stud pitcher out of the class, with star (all-star not super-star) potential in Baez.

          I might get beat up for this opinion but I kinda hope the Cubs don’t do that well next year. I’d like to see about 75 wins with promise on the field and another strong draft spot secured for the following year. For 2013 I’d like to see a .500 ball club that looks ready to compete in the future. For 2014 and beyond, I’ll start casting judgement on Theo’s foundation for success. Hopefully we’ll have a strong big league team and farm system, where both show a distinct organizational philosophy.

          I’m expecting to see a philosophy of power-pitching at the top of the rotation with solid innings-eaters and/or high upside pitchers filling out the 3-5. Defense will valued more than offense up the middle and our offensive philosophy will be centered around plate discipline, minus the 4/5 hitters, where prodigious power takes precedence over approach.

  • die hard

    Now if their fancy computers could use HOLOGRAMS to re-create the 1927 Yankees, we’d be all set.

  • oehly37

    Can someone tell me the last time a front office for the Cubs resembled this caliber of talent if ever? Was there anything close?

    • Brian Myers

      You can’t really make that judgement as front offices didn’t have this many executives or staff back in the day…. it’s the most talented of the recent era.

      • die hard

        Yep…lots of meetings and decisions to have more meetings…Only beneficiary is local Dunkin Donuts supplying coffee and donuts to the many meetings….the curse will continue but this time as a goat wearing a three piece suit ….

  • dreese

    Brett you forgot to ass something to that last sentence, “…Boston”

    • Brett

      That was very much in my mind.


    Now we need to wrap it up with a new manager! It is really like Christmas

  • die hard

    No current 40 roster player can be untouchable, even the wonder Castro…if they take that approach, we may see something even with all these meetings

  • Mike F

    It will be interesting to watch all of this unfold. I noticed Sullivan did a pretty good piece on Quade. Given the fact, that from the standpoint of handling pitchers, veterans and especially young players. Given the fact that Quade is a horrible situation baseball manager. And given the fact Epstein is trying to build a quality organization, it would be pretty senseless to not just end the Quade debacle. Honestly compels me to say this, other than window dressing and the possibility of politeness, what could Epstein value that Quade might bring to the conversation? Insight from and idiot who is a huge part of the problem has exceptional low value. So given the Epstein penchant for good talent and high caliber minds, this should be the easiest and quickest decision he has. Now, I’m not one of the people who thinks who replaces him is easy should go automatically to Sandburg. In fact, on the contrary, it should go to the best situational, most fundamentally sound, handler of players and proven guy available and that decision is one he and his staff should make absent of fan input.

    The one clear and evident thing, though, is that person is most certainly not Mike Quade.

  • Fishin Phil

    It is truly amazing.  At the beginning of 2011 we had arguably one of the worst front offices in baseball, and now we have one of the best.

    I still have to pinch myself occasionally.

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  • Dave H

    Man, as much as I’m really loving all of this offseason, I really wish they would finish this front office stuff. I need to get work done.

  • CUB5

    Dream team. Ricketts is getting the best front office in the biz and I hope this is the start of something special in Cubs history.