Report: Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod Were Already in Chicago Earlier This Week

No, the report doesn’t come courtesy of an eye witness at Starbucks.

As we’ve known for almost a week now, the Chicago Cubs are expected to add San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer as their own GM soon, together with Padres’ Assistant GM Jason McLeod. That news has been on hold, pending the official addition of Theo Epstein as the Cubs’ new President of Baseball Operations. According to sources, though, Hoyer and McLeod have already been in town.

San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer and assistant GM Jason McLeod have been in Chicago the past three days and are expected to be added to the staff of new Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein no later than Monday, a source close to the situation said.

The Cubs held a news conference Tuesday to introduce Epstein, whose first job will be to preside over the news conferences introducing Hoyer and McLeod, who have been meeting with Epstein and Cubs officials, the source said.

The Cubs and Padres have worked on proper protocol and compensation for Hoyer to move to Chicago, the source said.

Whether that means the duo has already officially been hired (likely) or has already been at work (less likely) is unknown. Either way, the Hoyer/McLeod additions look to be as drama-free as the Epstein addition was drama-full.

The Cubs will still have to ship over some compensation to the Padres for Hoyer/McLeod, but it’s not expected to be much of a process. Indeed, the player(s) headed to the Padres is(are) not expected to outclass the player(s) headed to the Red Sox as compensation for Theo Epstein. Hoyer and McLeod have helped turned the Padres’ farm system from a bottom five organization to a top five organization in just two years, so hopefully whatever holes appear thanks to the various compensation issues will quickly be plugged.

Finally, confirming a report out of San Diego earlier this week, I’ve heard that the announcement of the addition of Hoyer and McLeod will likely come the day after the World Series ends (so, as soon as tomorrow).

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

43 responses to “Report: Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod Were Already in Chicago Earlier This Week”

  1. Fishin Phil

    C’mon Rangers!  Our boys want to get to work!

    1. MichiganGoat

      There just might be a game day thread on the message board tonight, if compensation can be worked out ;)

  2. EQ76

    “This is a story ’bout a man named Jed…”

    1. Fishin Phil

      The sound of banjos scares me.

  3. Jason

    It’s true – I saw them at Starbucks! :)

    1. montellew

      I saw them at Dunkin – gettin’ coffee and donuts for Theo!

  4. jstraw

    There ought to be some interesting questions at the presser, regarding the way the organization will be defining the roles of POBO, GM and AGM. Will Hoyer be a GM or a GMITO (GM in title, only)? QED…E-I-E-I-O.

  5. Spencer

    Who is going to be making personnel decisions? Epstein or Hoyer?

  6. Cliffy

    Latest Vegas odds as mentioned on the Dan Patrick show.

    Pre Theo hiring to win world series 50 to 1, after hiring 35 to 1. Save your money is my advice.

  7. Cliffy

    Gammons will be on WEEI at 11AM today. I always like to hear the Boston perspective Gammons interviews. He alters his comments depending on the market.

  8. die hard

    Cant wait to see the promos showing all 3 together. Can do them along the lines of Charlies Angels running around in shorts and t shirts chasing down ballplayers etc….Mr. Ricketts can be Charlie. Leo Durocher must be turning over in his grave to think that this is who hed have to answer to if manager today.

    1. leo D.

      why would Derocher be turning in his grave? he wanted to win. one of the better managers this crappy team has had. hire him, or has he passed to baseball heaven? hell prolly after managing the cubs. you just interested in seeing the three of em in shorts? that aint baseball, thats massage parlor. Im sure there are plenty of those in the gay part of town.

      1. die hard

        thats the point. ….none of the 3 ever played major league baseball…. Leo would have no respect for the front office….. cant imagine any other mgr with any experience having any respect either…so we are likely to get a mgr with little or no experience and need to hope and pray….not good way to start.

  9. Edwin

    Does hiring Hoyer and McLeod affect Wilkens or Fleita at all?

    1. JulioZuleta

      My guess is Fleita will be around for a while, Wilkens won’t be. McLeod basically does what Wilkens does, but with a different philosophy…Theo’s philosophy. Wilkens will be phased out this year over the last year of his contract, or they might even offer to “fire” him if he would rather look for something else now and not wait a year.

      1. Luke

        The counter argument on Wilken is that he is widely acknowledged as one of the best at what he does and Epstein likes to bring in as many top minds as possible. Just like Epstein would appear to duplicate a lot of what Hoyer would do, McLeod appears to duplicate alot of Wilken. But as with Theo and Hoyer, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

        It is rare that an organization can become hindered by too many knowledgeable and skilled people. Of course, if Wilken and MacLeod can’t work together, then Wilken will be gone. I don’t think there is any reason to assume that just yet. It could be that Wilken’s philosophy does not mesh with Esptein’s, but I’m not sure that’s accurate either. The Cubs’ farm system is very deep at middle infield, center field, and catcher. Those are areas that are important to Theo (“up the middle”). And while the Cubs are weak on starting pitching in the upper minors, the lower minors are loaded. Likewise, I can’t think of an organization with more or better bullpen depth throughout the system than the Cubs.

        I can see Wilken working under Theo and McLeod ten years, easily. I could also see him resigning tomorrow, but I don’t see any reason to believe that is likely.

  10. Ramy16

    World series hurry up… Lets get to work… Also Brett with Junior Lake tearing up the AFL…do you see him going to the Red Sox or Padres?? I feel we should call him up to play 3rd if Aramis leaves???

    1. JulioZuleta

      I’d be pretty pissed off if he went to the Sox or Padres. There is also no way he can start the season at third. Maaayyyybeeee in 2013, but keep in mind, he struggled for most of the time he was in AA, and the AFL sample size is tiny.

    2. Luke

      September 2012 I think is the absolute earliest we see Lake in the majors, baring something stunning.

      On the other hand, if he stays with the Cubs he will have to go on the 40 man roster (there is no way that guy survives the Rule 5 draft). If he’s on the 40 man and the Cubs suddenly need someone at short, second, or third, then Lake could be called up prematurely.

      I’d hate to see him go to Boston or San Diego, and I suspect the Cubs feel the same way. Sending him to the AFL is an indication that the Cubs value him highly, and it seems like the Cubs will be keeping the guys they value the most.

      I’m still guessing the Boston package is built around Chris Carpenter, and that San Diego gets a couple of guys most Cub fans have never heard of.

  11. Ramy16

    Also does Epstein sign Aramis to a 3 yr deal.. He’s said all along he wants to stay! I am kinda interested if it gets done?? That’s a big hole to fill over there!!

    1. Luke

      Aramis is past his prime and doesn’t play defense. Based on Epstein’s comments to the press, that’s two strikes against him. I don’t see him getting a three year deal from the Cubs.

  12. Ramy16

    Julio… Have you heard who we have to give up to compisate for Theo?? It’s been pretty hush hush about who were sending over to Boston. I feel that Bud Selig doesn’t need to get involved… If they want trey Mcnutt so be it.. Dillon Maples is soo much better

    1. JulioZuleta

      Nah, no one knows for sure, and anyone who claims to is lying. At first the idea of giving up McNutt made me pretty uneasy, but after seeing his numbers lately, and watching him the little bit I’ve been able to online, I’m starting to come around to it a little bit. I think he is overrated just due to the fact that people think there needs to be a pitcher in the top 5 prospects or whatever. He has crazy low strikeout numbers and the injuries seem to linger longer than they should. I hope Maples is as good as you say, but the jury is still out, and we won’t know for a while, he’s not a can’t-miss by any stretch. I have been hoping and saying for a while that the package to the Red Sox will be Chris Carpenter and some one else that is decent but expendable.

  13. miggy80

    I have had a change of heart and will be rooting for the Cardinals to win the World Series. Hear me out. I believe that “The Cubs Way” will be a major turning point for the franchise, so surround yourself with excellence. If your only as good as the company you keep then I say hope the Cards win the World Series. The Brewers and Reds have made moves that will make them better franchises and the Cubs will eventually be the leader of the pack. So I say hope the Cardinals win the World Series and I hope Theo is watching. Watching the Champange flow, watching the fans “go crazy”, watching Theriot climb on Lance Berkmans back to see whats going on. I hope Theo realizes he just entered into the best divison in baseball. The divison that will have the best rivalries. The best players will want to play in the NL central. It will be the most contested race in the MLB and I look forward to when we rise to the top and not amongst average teams but against the best of the best, the creme de la creme, and do it “The Cubs Way”!

    1. JulioZuleta

      I respect your opinion, but it makes me want to puke. Go Rangers. F Theriot

      PS, I do get what your saying, but we should be driven enough without the extra incentive (punishment) of having to see that.

    2. Fishin Phil

      Well thought out opinion, but um, no.  I will never cheer for the Cards.  Go Rangers!

    3. Rancelot

      Main Entry: Never
      Part of Speech: adverb
      Definition: not at any time
      Synonyms: at no time, don’t hold your breath, forget it, nevermore, no way, not at all, not ever, not in any way, not in the least, not on your life, not under any condition

      This succinctly sums up my thoughts on your idea.

    4. miggy80

      So I don’t know if it was that D-bag fan throwing that ball at that D-bag Holliday did it or maybe it’s when they show Nolan Ryan and he just looks absolutey evil or it could be the dumb look on George W. Bushs face but I’m not interested in rooting for the Rangers. Maybe I just like knowing that the tuffest dude in the city lives on my street and if I can walk down my street I know I can walk down yours or I guess I rather root for the team that has fans who are actually my family and friends.

      1. Internet Random

        [O]r it could be the dumb look on George W. Bushs face . . . .

        That must be it there.

  14. Ramy16

    Espn Chicago….CHICAGO — With Theo Epstein in place as president of baseball operations, third baseman Aramis Ramirez said he is open to returning to the Chicago Cubs next season.

    “I’m really happy the Cubs have brought in Theo Epstein to run the team,” Ramirez told ESPNChicago by phone from his home in the Dominican Republic. “Now that the Cubs have a new leader with a new outlook, I’d certainly listen to them about remaining with the team.”

    1. MichiganGoat

      Ramirez must really enjoy all things waffles: Belgium waffles, waffle cones, waffle fries. Theo has to see how much ARam is a me, me, me player and is not an ingredient a successful culture should have. Pay him the 2M and tell good bye.

    2. hardtop

      id give him 2 years at about half his current annual salary, and that might be too much. he’s not going to be here for the sustained success theo talked about, so why waste the money on a guy who only performs on occasion and is over the proverbial hill. just come to terms with sucking next season and place a warm body with a glove at third…. defensively, not a big difference anyway.

    3. Internet Random

      He may ultimately stay for awhile, but listening to Epstein, I don’t think that Aramis has the attitude that Epstein is looking for at all.