Cubs exec Jason McLeod turns down Padres’ overtures
By Gordon Wittenmyer Staff Reporter June 30, 2014 11:06PM
Cubs executive Jason McLeod took his name out of the running for his hometown Padres’ GM job. | Saul Young/AP
Updated: July 1, 2014 2:19AM
BOSTON — At least one high-ranking Cubs official thinks enough of this long and painful rebuilding process to turn down a chance to jump ship for his “dream job.”
Jason McLeod, the Cubs’ top scouting and player-development executive, said Monday he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the San Diego Padres’ vacant general-manager job. The Padres had requested an interview with McLeod, who grew up in San Diego.
“Obviously, I’m very humbled and flattered that the Padres were interested,” said McLeod, hired away from the Padres’ front office by incoming Cubs president Theo Epstein in the fall of 2011.
“It’s my hometown team. It’s always been kind of a dream job for me. But as I got to sit and reflect and think about it, this is where I want to be right now. We’ve got so many good things going on, and we’ve kind of put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this thing. I just really believe in the vision and the direction, and I really want to be here when we win.”
McLeod, who spent two years as a special assistant to Padres GM Jed Hoyer before both were brought to Chicago, said he still hopes to become a GM someday.
Hoyer said he was “mildly surprised” McLeod turned down the chance to return to San Diego but was “thrilled.”
“He’s been such a huge part of what we’re trying to build,” Hoyer said.
The Cubs’ top pitching prospect, C.J. Edwards, reports that his shoulder feels good, and Hoyer said he’s progressing well in a throwing program. But the GM didn’t rule out the possibility that Edwards could remain sidelined through the end of the five-month minor-league season. Edwards hasn’t pitched since April 20 because of shoulder inflammation.
“It’s too early to say that for sure,” Hoyer said. “We’re hopeful at this point that he will be [in games this season]. I just don’t want to put a date on it yet. We’re certainly hopeful that he will be in a competitive setting. But the minor-league season ends early. That’ll be a consideration going forward.”
Four Cubs prospects earned player or pitcher of the week awards for their leagues, including Class A Kane County right-hander Daury Torrez and catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber, sweeping Midwest League honors. It’s Schwarber’s second player of the week award in three weeks as a professional (Northwest League honor his first week).
Class AAA Iowa second baseman Arismendy Alcantara (Pacific Coast League) and Class AA Tennessee righty Dae-Eun Rhee (Southern League) also won weekly awards.