The press conference was a bit more anticlimactic when compared to the Theo Epstein press conference. This conference served more as a reinforcement of things we already knew and a postponement of things we don't yet know. Here is some of what we know now.
- Jed Hoyer is thrilled to get this opportunity, which should make us all feel good. The Cubs are now a place where top execs want to go.
- Scouting and Player Development is king. The Cubs may have to mix and match early on to get by, but eventually the goal is to create a player development machine that can create sustainable success. The Cubs are on the way there and we should only expect that to improve in the next few years. There's no question that Jason McLeod will play a huge role in this front office.
- Randy Bush is staying on as Asst. GM. Bush is cut out of the Hendry old school scouting cloth. The Cubs can still use his input as far as talent evaluation and some of the administrative day to day responsibilities. He can also serve as an important link between the new administration and the old one that includes Tim Wilken and Oneri Fleita.
- Roles are pretty much as we imagined. Theo Epstein will have the final say and oversee the organization, but he will also be involved in much of the day to day activities with Hoyer. McLeod will head scouting.
- Defense will play a more important role now. Thank goodness. It's a cost effective way to improve the pitching and get better quickly.
- No decision has been made yet on Mike Quade. The longer this goes on, the more I think he's staying -- but not as manager. It would seem wrong to keep him dangling if they were going to outright fire him and it seems equally odd that they would postpone an announcement that he's staying on as a lame duck manager.
- Aramis Ramirez is likely gone. The Cubs won't rule it out, but it's obvious they will only bring him back on their own terms. That is a welcome departure from the Hendry era, when the Cubs often overpaid to keep their players.
- No decision yet on compensation.
- The Cubs will not try to win by depending heavily on players outside the organizations. The people the Cubs will bring in will be complementary to what they are doing, so don't expect Pujols or Fielder to come here. The key right now is to continue building the farm -- this is what nearly every Cub fan wants to hear. It also means this process will take some time.
- Epstein and Hoyer to eat contracts if need be. Wonder what that means for Soriano and Zambrano?
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