Not only did the Chicago Cubs smuggle Padres general manager Jed Hoyer out of San Diego, but they took his assistant with them as well.
Hoyer and his assistant Jason McLeod, who will become the new senior vice president of scouting and player development for the Cubs, have been planning on making their escape from the Padres ever since Hoyer's old pal Theo Epstein left the Boston Red Sox to become the president of baseball operations on the north side of the windy city. Apparently they love a challenge.
The two worked together in Boston previously, with Hoyer serving as co-general manager when Theo had a meltdown and left the club for as while. Their new club is expecting things to run smooth as a cute little baby butt in Chicago once the reunion is official.
Josh Byrnes, the former Arizona Diamondbacks GM who also worked under Theo in Boston, will replace Hoyer in San Diego to work with the $55 million payroll, as will be announced after it stops raining in Arlington and the World Series ends. The Padres will receive a player to be named later for Hoyer, who still had two years with a club option remaining on his contract.
Epstein says he plans on going over some things with current Cubs manager Mike Quade in an attempt to get to know his style a little bit before making any quick decisions about the skipper's future. Quade must be freaking out after the season he had. How do you explain 71-91 away?
Meanwhile, the Red Sox would have their paws on Toronto manager John Farrell, but the Blue Jays acted quickly and made up a rule that no one in their organization could leave for a similar job with another team. So close, Jim Henry.