Results tagged ‘ Jason McLeod ’

11/21 Cespedes, Jaramillo, Ryno & Santo

The Cubs are expected to get a first-hand look at Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. Jason McLeod, senior vice president of scouting and player development, was part of the Cubs contingent in the Dominican. Cespedes set a single-season record by hitting 33 home runs. The 26-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder has worked out for the Red Sox and Yankees, among other teams. However, his asking price, believed to be around $50 million, may be a little steep. McLeod also had a chance to scout 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler in the Dominican.

* Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will return next season and be part of new Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s staff, baseball sources said. Jaramillo talked to Sveum over the weekend. Sveum is still putting together his staff, and an official announcement was expected soon, possibly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Coaches Bobby Dernier and Ivan DeJesus will not return, according to a source.

* Ryne Sandberg, who guided the Phillies’ Triple-A team to its first winning season and into the International League championship series, will return as the IronPigs manager in 2012. Sandberg had interviewed for the Cardinals’ Major League manager vacancy, which ultimately went to former St. Louis catcher Mike Matheny.

* Tuesday is the official release date for WGN Radio’s Pat Hughes new CD highlighting Ron Santo’s career. It’s a fun-filled collection of Santo clips from the “Pat & Ron Show” broadcasts, including discussions between the two on cage dancing, cake, “Al Fonseca,” Brant Brown, and more. It’s an absolute must for fans of Santo, who died last December. The CD is the 10th in Hughes’ “Baseball Voices” series, which naturally is the perfect one to honor No. 10. You can purchase it on or at

— Carrie Muskat

11/16 Cubs to see Cespedes

The Cubs will have a contingent going to the Dominican Republic on Thursday, led by Jason McLeod, the new scouting and player development director. The Cubs are one of several teams which will have private workouts with Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. The outfielder is currently trying to establish residency in the Dominican Republic, which takes 15 days. Once that is completed, he will apply to MLB to participate as an international free agent. A five-tool player, Cespedes could receive as much or more than the six-year, $30 million deal signed by Aroldis Chapman. If you want a sneak peak, check out the Youtube video of the outfielder.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like it since ‘Spinal Tap,'” agent Adam Katz said of the video. Katz represents Cespedes. “At the end of the day, it was compelling. As quirky as it was, it ended up being very compelling.”

Cespedes, 26, can play all three outfield positions but prefers center field.

“From what I’m being told, people feel he’s Major League ready,” Katz said. “If he’s not, I’m sure everyone will make an adjustment. Right now, we’re all planning for him to be a big leaguer. I think it’s good timing for the clubs that a player like this is available, and good timing for the kid.”

— Carrie Muskat


10/31 Samardzija, GM & more

The Cubs have declined to pick up the $3 million option on Jeff Samardzija’s contract but the pitcher remains under club control. Samardzija has 2 years 28 days of Major League service time, and is not arbitration eligible. He will be renewed next year. Samardzija, a fifth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, was 8-4 with a 2.97 ERA in a career high 75 games this season, pitching solely in relief.

* The Cubs also announced new general manager Jed Hoyer and scouting and player development director Jason McLeod will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs and Padres announced last week that Hoyer and McLeod were leaving San Diego to be reunited with Theo Epstein in the Cubs front office. The three were together in Boston.

The Cubs and Red Sox have one more day to determine compensation for Epstein before Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig gets involved. Epstein resigned from the Red Sox to become president of baseball operations in Chicago. Selig gave the two teams a Nov. 1 deadline, saying he would step in if not resolved by then.

* Epstein has met with Cubs manager Mike Quade to discuss next season. Quade, whose team finished fifth in the National League Central, does have a contract for 2012.

— Carrie Muskat

10/27 Bush expected to stay with Cubs

Although the Cubs are keeping quiet on announcements now that the World Series has resumed play, the team was expected to officially announce next week that Randy Bush will stay as an assistant general manager. Bush took over as interim GM when Jim Hendry was dismissed in August. Bush has been in the Cubs’ front office since January 2005. He also was the Minor League hitting coordinator in 1999.

Expect a news conference next week at Wrigley Field to introduce new GM Jed Hoyer and scouting and player development director Jason McLeod, who were the Cubs’ most recent hires.

— Carrie Muskat

10/26 Cubs add Hoyer, McLeod from Padres

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are together again, and they hope to do the same for the Cubs as they did for the Red Sox. The Cubs announced Wednesday that Hoyer and McLeod will leave the Padres front office to join Epstein’s baseball operations department in Chicago, effective immediately. The Cubs have agreed to send the Padres a player to be named later as compensation.

Hoyer, who was the Padres general manager, takes over as the Cubs’ GM, while McLeod will be the head of scouting and player development. Current Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita, who was given a four-year contract extension, and scouting director Tim Wilken, will report to McLeod. Both the Cubs and the Padres intend to hold press conferences after the World Series. At that time, the Padres intend to announce Josh Byrnes as Hoyer’s successor as general manager.

During Epstein’s introductory news conference on Tuesday, he said he wanted to bring in someone who is “one of the best and one of the brightest in the game and someone who can make a real impact or the Cubs.” That’s Hoyer, who rose from a baseball operations intern in 2002 with the Red Sox to an assistant the next year.

Hoyer was hired on Oct. 26, 2009, to replace Kevin Towers. Reading a slow-moving free agent market, Hoyer picked up two key pieces for the 2010 season – pitcher Jon Garland and catcher Yorvit Torrealba – at below-market value. He also added utilityman Jerry Hairston on the cheap as well. Before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline in 2010, Hoyer traded for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and shortstop Miguel Tejada, the latter being a pivotal acquisition for the stretch run. The results were a team that, built on the premise of run prevention, won 90 games, on a $37 million payroll and weren’t eliminated from the postseason chase until the final day of the regular season. There were other gains made during Hoyer’s two seasons in San Diego. He devoted more resources to player development, amateur and professional scouting and endorsed over-slot bonuses during the two First-Year Player Drafts he presided over.

Hoyer will be the 14th GM in Cubs history, taking over for Jim Hendry, who was dismissed in August.

— Carrie Muskat