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Padres will receive compensation from Cubs for losing Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod

Oct 21, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

According to Scott Miller of, the Padres will receive compensation if (or really, when) general manager Jed Hoyer and assistant general manager Jason McLeod leave to join the new-look Cubs’ front office.

Hoyer, who has served as GM for the past two seasons, is under contract with the Padres through 2013 with a club option for 2014. He is expected to receive a five-year contract with “a significant bump in pay from his current salary” to join his friend Theo Epstein in Chicago. Hoyer previously served as one of Epstein’s top assistants with the Red Sox while McLeod was director of amateur scouting.

Initial reports suggested that the Padres would not demand compensation, but Miller writes that they will likely receive one or two lower-level minor leaguers in return. The good news is that talks between the Cubs and Padres aren’t likely to be as complicated as the Epstein situation, as Dan Hayes of the North County Times notes that Chicago chairman Tom Ricketts and San Diego majority owner Jeff Moorad are close. Josh Byrnes, who is currently the Padres’ vice president of baseball operations, is expected to take over as GM once Hoyer and McLeod leave for Chicago.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    In how many buckets of you-know-what can the Cubs get their feet stuck at the same time?

    Again, before you answer, remember….this is the Cubs we’re talking about.

    • bowens3181 - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      I think pretty unanimously, most Cubs fans would tell you that they don’t mind giving up a little compensation if it means finally getting competent people run the team. I most certainly don’t mind, and as long as soon as MLB steps into the Red Sox-Epstein negotiations and tells the Sox to stop acting like little babies, the compensation for Epstein, Hoyer, and Mcleod shouldn’t add up to more then a few middling prospects and cash. If thats all it takes to get back to the playoffs (I’m not delusional, I don’t believe that Epstein can just magically deliver a World Series) then I’m all for it.

      • Old Gator - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:13 PM

        I’m sure you’re right, but maybe it would behoove the incompetent people who have somehow managed to find themselves some competent people to wait until the main part of the puzzle was securely, conclusively in place before trying to position another one on the board, you know? Theo’s not a done deal yet.

      • crpls - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM

        How are the Red Sox acting like babies? They have Theo under contract and are under no obligation to even let the Cubs talk to him. It would be silly to keep him if he wants to leave, but if the Cubs want him that badly, they should be asking for the moon.

  2. b7p19 - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Thats better. OK, now I can roll with this punch and look to Byrnes who I also like as a GM. He did some pretty good things in Arizona.

  3. bigleagues - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Now the Padres, I would imagine are a team that would be open to accepting monetary compensation.

    That whole “Padres wouldn’t seek compensation” business sounded like a bunch of nonsense anyway.

  4. jamie54 - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Yea, Carlos Zambrano and 90% of his salary, anything to get him out of Chicago, that’s what Theo wants. Good luck with that and Soriano’s contract Jed, Theo.

    • Old Gator - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      By all means, dig in your heels for the Padres to take Zambrano. That way, the chances of his coming here to team up with Slobbering Ozzie would be significantly diminished.

    • b7p19 - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      I’ll take Big Z at a 90% discount. Latos/Lackey/Zambrano would be one of the most hilarious rotations of all time.

      • thinman61 - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        In Petco? They’d probably compete for a Cy Young.

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