The Twins are looking to setup a front office similar to the Cubs where there is a President of Baseball Operation and General Manager. According to Comcast SportsNet, McLeod is expected to interview for a president-level position. The Cubs have become a model organization. The Twins are looking to follow their example to a tee, even to the point of targeting and possibly hiring McLeod to run baseball operations.
Hoyer said McLeod is deserving and ready to be a general manager now. Hoyer knows it is just a matter of time before McLeod will leave the Cubs to run another team.
“We dodged a few bullets the last few years with him,” Hoyer said. “I’m sort of expecting it. If not now, then soon. There’s probably not a better scouting and development guy out there.”
“He has all the skills to do every other part of the job. He’s just got a great way about him as a person. He manages people really easily. I think people love working for him. He’ll be really good at it once he gets the job,” Hoyer said. “We sort of know it’s probably somewhat inevitable at this point that he’s going to get an opportunity, which is great. I’ve worked with Jason since ’03, and he’s been a huge part of my life and Theo’s life. He deserves a shot at some point soon.”
The Twins are reportedly interested Cubs’ assistant general manager Shiraz Rehman and director of pro scouting Jared Porter, and there could be more. According to Mike Berardino, Porter is firmly on the Twins’ list of candidates.
“We have people that are desirable,” Hoyer said. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. I do expect our regular-season success this year we will have some employees asked about.”
The Twins are conducting an extensive search. According to the Pioneer Press, the Twins have already conducted multiple interviews as part of the process to build a front office. Twins owner Jim Pohlad said the interviews have “taken place both in the Twin Cities and outside the state.”
The Twins are using search firm Korn Ferry to help with the process and are “well down the road of whittling their list of desired candidates, formulation of the first round interviews was said to be almost complete.”
Mike Berardino reported the Twins are leaning heavily toward hiring “a Theo Epstein type.” And that is where the heavy interest in Jason McLeod lies.
The Cubs are also preparing to lose field staff, such as bench coach Dave Martinez. The Cubs are aware that when an organization has had the success that they’ve had over the past two seasons that other teams will look to the front office, coaches and player development staff for upgrades.
Jed Hoyer said Monday that he and Theo Epstein are happy with the Cubs and expect to be back. It has been reported that once Epstein signs his contract extension, Hoyer will also be retained as the general manager.
Hoyer said he will not pursue a job with the Twins. And he joked with the beat writers Monday while discussing Jason McLeod.
“I know I’m a lame-duck GM, but we’re both pretty happy, so I think we’ll be here.”
- Report from ESPN Chicago
- Report from The Sun-Times
- Report from Comcast SportsNet
- Report from The Tribune
- Report from The Pioneer Press