Multiple reports in recent days have linked the Twins to several Cubs front office executives in their search to fill their GM vacancy and possibly hire a President of Baseball Operations.
Jed Hoyer, assistant GMs Shiraz Rehman and Randy Bush and Jason McLeod are reportedly of interest to the Twins. Former Blue Jays GM and current Dodgers executive Alex Anthopoulos removed his name from consideration on Friday.
Jon Paul Morosi reported the Twins are “looking closely at the Cubs operation in their search for news top execs and they have interest in Jason McLeod and Shiraz Rehman.” Comcast SportsNet and The Sun-Times asked Rehman about Morosi’s report.
Rehman said to Comcast SportsNet and The Sun-Times, “I’m really happy with my situation here. Everyone in the organization is 100 percent focused on trying to win a championship for the city of Chicago. I’m flattered by whatever media attention might come of something like that. But I’m really happy and focused on what we’re doing in Chicago.”
The Sun-Times reported the Twins “are not believed to have requested permission to talk to them.” And from what Gordon Wittenmyer has been able to gather McLeod and Rehman are not pursuing a job with the Twins.
According to The Sun-Times, Rehman echoed sentiments by Jason McLeod when he was asked about the Twins job.
As both Patrick Mooney and Gordon Wittenmyer pointed out, Jason McLeod took his name out of the running for the Padres GM job a couple of years ago. McLeod has maintained he is focused on the Cubs and seeing through what he’s helped build in Chicago. McLeod signed a contract extension with the Cubs after removing his name from consideration in San Diego.
Randy Bush is also believed to be very happy with the Cubs and like everyone else in the front office, he would like to stay and has no interest in the Twins opening.
According to Patrick Mooney, the Twins “could be looking at a possible two-tiered structure that would include a president’s title as well as a general manager to oversee day-to-day operations at the Major League level.” That is following the Cubs model that Theo Epstein put in place almost five years ago when he was hired to run the baseball side of the team. Epstein became the President of Baseball Operations and he brought in Jed Hoyer to be the Cubs’ GM.
Jed Hoyer has also expressed a desire to stay with the Cubs and see through what he’s worked very hard to help build. Hoyer’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Theo Epstein recently told Barry Rozner that he fully expects to sign a contract extension. Epstein reiterated that he is on the same page with Tom Ricketts. Epstein explained to Rozner that he and Tom “have a great relationship” and “want the same things.”
Once Epstein’s contract is complete, part of his deal is believed to be extensions for several members of his front office, including Hoyer and McLeod.
Teams are going to look at the Cubs as ways to upgrade, or in the Twins’ case re-build, front office, player development and/or on-field personnel and staff. The Cubs’ front office appears to be on the same page and focused above anything else on winning a championship.