Cubs hire Shiraz Rehman as an Asst. to the GM

Cubs hire Shiraz Rehman as an Asst. to the GM

According to the 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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  • John, we've talked a lot about him before, but when crediting holdovers Wilken, Bush, Fleita & even Kenney, the new bosses have failed to mention Ari Kaplan's name. Is there a place for him working with Hoyer & Theo? What role will he have?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Once again though, it's nice to add another bright mind!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    He was definitely a name that was mentioned right here on this site. I don't remember exactly when, but he was one of those top baseball minds that we talked about at some point.

  • I think in about 4 weeks were going to be shocked what all these
    bright minds are going to do. Like waiting for Christmas to begin.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Between the top 5 guys: Epstein, Hoyer, Bush, Rehman, and Boehringer the Cubs are well equipped heading into the GM meetings. I'm not sure we'll do anything substantial this week, but we may see a value acquisition or two.

  • With the huge brain trust that the Cubs have put together, you would have to think that they have a plan that will make them a much better team by the time they take the field next season. They may not win the division in 2012, but I can't imagine that they would write off next season, in an effort to be ready to compete in 2013 or 2014. I would imagine that a below 500 year next year, would be seen as unacceptable. It will be interesting to see what moves they see as being essential to build that winning culture now.

  • In reply to supercapo:

    I couldn't agree more. Just get a few good young players to
    rebuild around.

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    In reply to emartinezjr:

    I've got to think an improvement in walk rates (both on offense and pitching) alone should get them closer to .500. Pitchers allowed the most walks and hitters took the 2nd fewest - only the Astros were worse. Obviously, that is not a good combination. A culture change focusing on that 1 category could already make a difference.

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    In reply to brober34:

    oh yeah - they also had the worst defense - almost 20 more errors than the next closest teams.

    as I look at the teams at the top - Phillies, Braves, Dodgers and Diamondbacks - should have been 3 of the 4 playoff teams. There's got to be something to good defense.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Considering the changes that the Cards and the Brewers could both have this winter, the Central becomes a very wide open division. Theo and Jed have got to be chomping at the bit as they look at how they are going to build this team.

  • A little off subject but Carrie Muskat is reporting that the Cubs will indeed work out Yoennis Cespedes.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I would love to see the Cubs get this guy. He would be a huge upgrade over anyone of the 3 guys that Quade had starting in the outfield last year. This would be a big piece towards becoming a contending team. You put him in right and Jackson in center and they already have a much better defensive/athletic outfield than they have had in years.

  • In reply to supercapo:

    Me too...fits exactly what we're doing right now. Young, shouldn't be too expensive, entering his prime, athletic...sign him up!

  • Great signings for the Cubs...They now have 87 new front office guys. Can any of them pitch or play 1B?

  • In reply to gposner:

    The Cubs have had an antiquated, understaffed front office for decades. If you want to fix this organization, that's where you have to start. Players come later.

    You get as many good baseball people as you can at the top so you can make intelligent acquisitions. That's how Boston won it the first time around. If we just wanted to sign big name free agents we could have just kept Hendry.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Absolutely right John! It starts at the top, & now we have an owner at the top who gets it. Epstein came in, then his staff, next will be manager, followed hopefully by a good decade, at least, of many great players. But it starts at the top.

    Besides though, I like LaHair @ 1st for next season.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Exactly. It's a process.

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