10/18 Could Hoyer join Theo with Cubs?

If Theo Epstein can’t bring any of his staff from the Red Sox, he may try to bring current Padres GM Jed Hoyer to Chicago. According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Cubs and Epstein are interested in having Hoyer join the baseball operations department. If Hoyer did go to Chicago, Josh Byrnes would be elevated to Padres GM.

Heyman says a move by Hoyer, 37, would be seen as “shocking” because he’s already a GM. The Cubs, however, could give him the same title and name Epstein team president. If not Hoyer, Heyman says Byrnes could be the one to go to Chicago with him. Byrnes has been working as VP of baseball operations in San Diego.

The Cubs and Red Sox are still trying to agree on compensation for Epstein, who reportedly agreed to an $18.5 million, five-year deal last week. However, what Heyman didn’t mention is that Hoyer is two years into a four-year contract with the Padres, with a club option for 2014. The Cubs may have to compensate the Padres as well, which would be costly considering the length of his contract.

Hoyer became the Padres GM in late 2009 after having served as an assistant for Epstein in Boston. Byrnes also worked as Epstein’s assistant before becoming GM of the Diamondbacks, who he led to the NLCS in 2007 before being dismissed during the 2010 season.

— Carrie Muskat

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The Cubs see that the commissioner will need to arbitrate this impasse & are making Theo’s promotion ‘upward’ as president, weakening Boston’s negotiating position that it’s a lateral move

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