Chicago Cubs Add Another Top Name to the Front Office Mix: Shiraz Rehman

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Joe Bohringer, and now, Shiraz Rehman.

I’ve been wrong about many things in my time at Bleacher Nation, but I’ve been right about a thing or two, too. One of the latter was a prediction that, if the Cubs landed Epstein (ironically, something about which I was wrong), the top up-and-coming executives around baseball would be banging down the door to work with Epstein. As both a fan and a prognosticator, I’m pretty excited to see that prediction coming true.

The Chicago Cubs have added former Diamondbacks’ Director of Player Personnel Shiraz Rehman as an Assistant to the General Manager, whose title is begging for an ‘Office’ joke. The move came with little fanfare – that is to say, no fanfare at all. There wasn’t even an announcement.

But don’t let that suggest to you that landing Rehman isn’t another coup for the front office.

Rehman is a statistically-inclined guy, with a background in finance, who primarily focused on roster management with the Diamondbacks. From his MIT Sloan Analytics Conference (which is what it sounds like it is) bio:

Rehman’s primary responsibilities [with the Diamondbacks] are with the Major League team, assisting in the maintenance of the club’s 40-man roster, providing financial and statistical analysis to support trade and player evaluation, and overseeing all transactions and Major League rules interpretation and compliance. He plays a key role in the arbitration process, contract structuring and negotiations, and oversees baseball analysis efforts for the team. Rehman also spearheads the D-backs’ development of Baseball Operations technology and video solutions, and coordinates the department’s internship program. In addition, he manages much of the financial planning and budgeting processes for all of baseball operations. Before joining the D-backs, Rehman interned for the Boston Red Sox during the 2005 season in Baseball Operations.

And there’s your Red Sox connection.

Rehman’s precise role with the Cubs remains to be seen, but you can imagine that “super awesome smart guy” is probably going to be in there somewhere. Rehman is a true up-and-comer in the baseball world, and was even listed as an honorable mention in MLBTR’s list of top GM candidates who’ve yet to land a top job. Given his broad base of experience with the Diamondbacks, it’s fair to assume Rehman will be among the Cubs’ inner circle members when it comes to decision making on the big league level.

Rehman was interviewed a couple years ago by Baseball Prospectus, and, while long, it’s worth a read. This is clearly another bright guy who “gets it.”

“It,” of course, being not only the right way to build and operate a modern ball club, but also the chance to dramatically improve the way the Cubs have been going about things for the better part of two decades. The Cubs now have a half dozen of those guys at the top, but, what the hell – let’s hope for a few more.

 

(h/t to John Arguello)

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

29 responses to “Chicago Cubs Add Another Top Name to the Front Office Mix: Shiraz Rehman”

  1. CubFan Paul

    no h/t to me?

  2. rocky8263

    What do you think this job pays? We don’t give T.R. enough credit for spending the money. With the old crew still on the payroll and all the new guys I can’t venture a guess what the front office payroll is. And they must be sharing desks , the Cubs front office is tiny.

  3. BD

    My favorite part of all this is looking at the Front Office directory at cubs.com. It is awesome to see all of these names working on the North Side!!

  4. ced landrum

    All of this excitement over his hires has been awesome for me.  I love player development and looking at unique ways of determining player value, but I fear it may set me up for a let down.  I have to remind myself that it doesn’t mean the product on the field will change overnight.

     

  5. die hard

    Will soon have enough to re-create the seating arrangement at the Last Supper. Who among these disciples will be the Judas? Cant wait. Meanwhile, nothing has changed on the field has it?

  6. Swaz46

    Ced,

    THAT is exactly what I’m trying to remind myself: this won’t necessarily change things immediately. But we’ve seen, time and again, from Ricketts, that he’s willing to take the “long view” of things. Clearly all this is going to take time, and it’s exciting to have an owner who gets it and has the desire to get things right once and for all, even if it takes time.

    But I suck at waiting.

  7. rocky8263

    They fertilized and raked up the last of the leaves.

  8. Wilbur

    Great stuff is happening.

    Even if MLB changes the draft rules the Cubs will be in a much better place, maybe even better compared to their peers. If you can’t flood your late picks with over slot’s so that you can sort through high caliber chafe to find the wheat;you’ll need to be pretty precise on your top draft picks, trades, and FA signings and the value of their contracts.

    That’s what this crew can do, establish accurate market value for future performance and pay for that value. When the players outperform their contracts you get added value. When they under perform, as many do, you haven’t paid exorbitantly over what others are also doing, giving you flexibility.

  9. Daniel Bejarano

    Start casting for the Cubs version of Moneyball because this shit is gettin’ allllllllll statistically brilliant up in here! Cubbyball, coming to theaters in 2015. And if they hire Pete McKanin it could be Phillip Seymour Hoffman again! Niceeeeeeeeee.