According to the cubs.com website, the Cubs have hired another top front office to assist Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein. Shiraz Rehman has been named Assistant to the General Manager. Randy Bush is still the Assistant GM.
Rehman was formerly the Director of Player Personnel with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was named as an honorable mention on MLBTradeRumors list of top future GMs.
Rehman, like many of Epstein's hires, has a strong statistical background. He was a former intern under Epstein and Boston writer Gordon Edes called him a "statistical guru".
With the D-Backs he was responsible for arbitration, contracts, and some negotiations. Perhaps more importantly, he worked with the major league staff to execute major league transactions, waivers and rules compliance, and 40-man roster management.
With many of those decisions coming soon, it seems like another very timely-- and excellent- hire for the Cubs front office.
To learn more about Rehman, check out this excellent interview with Baseball Prospectus.
Hat tip to reader Josh!
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