Must-Read of the Day: Four of the Cubs GM Search Candidates

I don’t know if I’m on an island in caring about this as much as I do, but when I saw this tweet from Sahadev Sharma just now, it stopped me cold in my tracks.

Because yes, extremely yes, I want to read about the specific names under consideration for the Cubs General Manager. Gig. Finally! Names! Go read this:

Because I know that Sharma and Patrick Mooney have been hard at work trying to scoop this info for a long time, and because The Athletic is premium to support good work like theirs, I don’t want to share too much from the piece. Instead, I encourage you to read it to get a sense of the four named candidates. Each sounds great to me on paper.

What I will comment upon is that I *LOVE* the types of targets. Player development and scouting types from the Rays, Indians, and Twins? Yes please. Those are three organizations who have been nailing that side of the game for a while now, and it’s exactly where the Cubs should be trying to find the next great GM. Clearly, Hoyer and the Cubs developed a “type” for this position – external, heavy in player development, in an organization known for being great at that part of the game – and have targeted “next up” candidates.

We could find out who is getting the job as soon as next week, according to Sharma and Mooney.

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Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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