The Chicago Cubs held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to introduce Jed Hoyer as “Executive Vice President and General Manager”. They also introduced Jason McLeod as “Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development”. Both men will report to Theo Epstein, who was named last week as Cubs “President of Baseball Operations”.
These men worked together for the Red Sox and helped bring two World Series titles to Boston. But they had different titles and responsibilities then; it would appear on the surface that all three men received promotions (and, likely, more money) in making these moves, Epstein from Boston, the other two men from the Padres, where Hoyer was general manager.
But when I told my Baseball Nation colleagues about the news conference, Rob Neyer had questions, which turned into a round-table discussion …
Rob: I thought MLBN was carrying the press conference but they didn’t. Did anybody ask him in the press conference why he would give up running a team of his own to work under Theo?
Al: Both Hoyer and Jason McLeod said they would not have done this if it weren’t for Theo. They really do seem happy to have “put the band back together”. And, Hoyer will be acting as day to day GM, running a team, reporting to Theo. So, essentially he has the same responsibilities he had in San Diego.
Rob: That doesn’t make sense to me. Was Jed not running Baseball Operations in San Diego? Because he sure won’t be running them in Chicago.