Cubs brace for front office departures

The Diamondbacks‘ hiring of Mike Hazen received applause from some members of the Cubs front office because of their association with him dating back to their days with the Boston Red Sox.

The expectation remains that the Cubs will lose a few valued members of their front office soon.

Jason McLeod, their senior vice president of scouting and player development, was a finalist for the GM position with the Minnesota Twins, and assistant amateur scouting director Lukas McKnight drew interest from Toronto for the Blue Jays‘ scouting director’s position.

“We know that we’ll lose some people,” GM Jed Hoyer said. “That’s the nature of the beast when you’re winning. People want to grab people I think whether it’s Jason or people below him who are not going to stop getting interviews.

“I think we have a good structure here. They know people have been brought up in a good way in baseball. You don’t want to lose anyone, but you’re happy for them at the same time.”

Hoyer believes Hazen, 40, will succeed in Arizona and not just because he worked with him in Boston.

“That’s a really good job,” Hoyer said. “The fact you can be at home so much is great. They have a good nucleus you can build around. And he’ll do a good job in a tough division.”

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