Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod named to key roles

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today named Jed Hoyer as the club's Executive Vice President/General Manager and Jason McLeod to the new position of Senior Vice President/Scouting and Player Development. Hoyer becomes the 15th general manager in franchise history.

"Jed and Jason are among the most dynamic in the game and both will have a significant impact on our baseball operations department," said Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. "I've worked with both extensively in the past and am excited to build an organization with them again.''

Both Hoyer and McLeod join the Cubs from the San Diego Padres organization, where Hoyer held the same title as he does now with the Cubs and McLeod was Vice President/Assistant General Manager.

Hoyer, 37, has spent the last 10 seasons working in major league baseball for the Boston Red Sox (2002-09 with Epstein) and San Diego Padres (2010-11). He was named San Diego's eighth general manager in franchise history on October 26, 2009 after eight seasons with the Red Sox, where he departed as the club's senior vice president/assistant general manager. Hoyer's stint in Boston also included a 44-day stretch as co-General Manager during the 2005-06 offseason while Epstein briefly left the organization.

In his first season with the Padres, Hoyer's club posted only the fourth 90-win campaign in the franchise's first 42 years, going 90-72 and remaining in the playoff hunt until the final day of the regular season. After an offseason that saw the trade of All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox, the 2011 Padres finished with a 71-91 mark.

Hoyer began his major league career with the Red Sox and was actively involved in player development, major league scouting, quantitative analysis and advance scouting. He was a member of the front office that won a pair of World Championships (2004 and 2007), advanced to four League Championship Series (2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008) and won 95 or more games six different seasons.

A native of Plymouth, N.H., Hoyer is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he helped lead the Cardinals to the championship game of the NCAA Division III World Series in 1994 as a pitcher and shortstop.

McLeod, 39, brings a wide range of experience with him to his new role with the Cubs, as he was previously a minor league pitcher in the Astros organization, a minor league coach and area scout in the Padres system and a front office executive covering two stints with the Padres (the first stint with Epstein) and one with the Red Sox. Overall, McLeod joins the Cubs with 20 years of professional experience in major league organizations.

During his first stint with the Padres (1994-2003), McLeod advanced to assistant director of scouting and player development before joining Epstein and the Red Sox as the club's director of amateur scouting prior to the 2004 World Championship campaign. McLeod's first draft with the Red Sox (in 2004) produced 2007 A.L. Rookie of the Year and 2008 A.L. Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia. Baseball America ranked the Red Sox draft among the top five drafts in three of his first four years with the club, including second-best in 2005 and best in 2006.

McLeod spent six years in the Red Sox scouting department before returning to San Diego after Hoyer was named general manager. During his two seasons as the club's vice president/assistant general manager, McLeod also oversaw San Diego's amateur scouting and player development efforts.

Born in Hawaii, McLeod grew up in San Diego and attended Palomar Junior College before being drafted by Houston in the 44th round of the 1991 First-Year-Player Draft. After two seasons as a minor league pitcher, he took his first front office position as a baseball operations intern with the Padres in 1994.