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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