From the Wire … Jaron Madison Takes Over as Cubs Director of Amateur Scouting

The Cubs announced Friday afternoon that Jaron Madison was hired as the Cubs’ new director of amateur scouting. Madison replaces Tim Wilken, who was given a promotion and contract extension to stay with the organization. Tim Wilken will serve as a special assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

Tim Wilken will still scout players for the draft but will now be involved with scouting at the Major League level and internationally. Wilken also will help evaluate players throughout the organization. Wilken has been with the Cubs since 2005 and his current contract was set to expire at the end of the season.

Jaron Madison, 36, has spent the last three years as Director of Amateur Scouting for the San Diego Padres. Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod hired Madison in 2009. Madison began his career as an area scout in the Padres organization in 2002 and spent time with the Pirates (2002-2005) and Cardinals (2008-2009).

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  • chadaudio

    Hate to even ask but… does this mean the Padres will have to get compensation from the Cubs?

    • brent carmona

      Not a dumb question, I’m curious as well….thanks Neil for making an article, this is an important signing

      • Neil

        You are welcome and from the way I understand it, no. His contract was up with the Padres and he was offered a job with the Cubs.

  • mutantbeast

    Im of the opinion this is the end of Wilkens tenure with the Cubs. Once his contract runs out, he will likely be elsewhere.

    • Tom U

      I don’t think so, mutantbeast. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have given him a contract extension.

      I’d like to reserve any further comment for a later date, but advise you read between the lines.