Hoyer feels 'a little weird' seeing Padres

Hoyer feels 'a little weird' seeing Padres

Hoyer feels 'a little weird' seeing Padres
CHICAGO -- Two hours before Monday's game at Wrigley Field, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer stood behind the batting cage, looking slightly bewildered.

His new team, the Cubs, were finishing batting practice on the field. His old team, the Padres, were in front of the visiting dugout going through their pregame stretching routine.

"It's a little weird," Hoyer admitted.

Hoyer was general manager of the Padres from 2010-11 before being hired in October as the Cubs' executive vice president and general manager, reuniting with his former boss in Boston, Theo Epstein.

Jason McLeod, formerly an assistant general manager with the Padres, followed Hoyer to Chicago. He's now the senior vice president/scouting and player development.

"It's strange ... but it's great to see everyone," Hoyer said. "I feel for [manager Bud Black] and his staff [because of injuries]. I don't think these guys have had a chance to get their season going."

Hoyer, who helped add to the Padres' farm system by trading Adrian Gonzalez in 2010 and Mike Adams last July, feels the organization he left is in good shape moving forward with many of the young players the team acquired in those deals.

"Jason and I worked hard in San Diego to build that core," he said. "I think they have a bright future. ... They should have a lot of success."