If you’ve been following this story along with us, you’ll already know that the Minnesota Twins recently had an extremely attractive vacancy in their front office.
After firing General Manager Terry Ryan back in July, the Twins had been looking to hire a President of Baseball Operations type (a la Theo Epstein with the Chicago Cubs) to replace him.
According to multiple reports, that process is over: the Twins have selected Indians Assistant GM Derek Falvey for the position.
The reason this story frequents the Bleacher Nation page, of course, is because the Cubs’ Senior Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development, Jason McLeod, has been a long rumored candidate for the position, even interviewing successfully for the role. But now, it looks like he’ll stay with the Cubs for at least a little bit longer.
First Jeff Passan led off with the rumor, and then not moments later (before I could even finish this post) the news broke:
Sources: Indians assistant GM Derek Falvey is the distinct favorite to be named new president of the Minnesota Twins. Could happen soon.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 26, 2016
Twins to hire Derek Falvey, Cleveland AGM, to oversee baseball operations.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) September 26, 2016
After serving as the Director of Baseball Operations and as the Assistant GM for the Cleveland Indians since 2011, Derek Falvey will now get his shot at running an organization from the very top.
My reaction, however, is a bit split.
I’m obviously thrilled that Jason McLeod – a man partly responsible for so much of the Cubs’ success right now – will be sticking around the organization for a while longer, but I can’t help but feel a twinge of disappointment for him. He will still undoubtedly get a shot at the big chair in the future, but you can’t help but want the best for him right now. After passing over similar jobs in the past, McLeod finally accepted (and by all accounts crushed) an interview with Twins, only to come up just short. But like I said, his talent has never gone unnoticed and his chance will come.
For now, he’ll stay close and hopefully watch the team he helped build compete for the World Series.