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As I wrote yesterday, it was easy enough – albeit also terrifying – to see this coming: the San Diego Padres want to talk to Chicago Cubs VP of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod about their newly-vacated GM position.

Before you freak out, here’s the full run-down from Ken Rosenthal:

So, that’s Hinch, Minaya, Beinfest, Eppler, Hazen, Forst, Levine, Girsch, and “others” who could be getting interviews, together with McLeod. There are a lot of excellent candidates on that list, so it’s not as if McLeod is a shoe-in.

That said, how could Cubs fans give anything but a glowing recommendation to McLeod? After all, he has – by all appearances – been a critical member of the operations and development staff that has helped turn the Cubs’ farm system from middle-of-the-pack to top-of-the-league in just two and a half years.

And how could the Cubs deny McLeod the right to go for the gig if he wants a shot at being a GM? After all, it was the Cubs who got McLeod from the Padres in the first place (for ultimately no compensation) when San Diego allowed Jed Hoyer to move over laterally to the Cubs.

McLeod is a bright, well-respected guy, and there are only so many GM jobs to go around. This kind of thing was bound to happen at some point, and now we’ll just see what happens. It would be a shame for the Cubs to lose McLeod at this point in the process, but it would also be a bittersweet kind of thing, because, again, this is very likely a guy who deserves this kind of shot.

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