Cubs extend VP of Scouting Jason McLeod for two more years

Cubs extend VP of Scouting Jason McLeod for two more years

When Jason McLeod withdrew his name from consideration for the San Diego Padres GM job, he said he did it in part because he wanted to see this through in Chicago.

In 3 years the Cubs Senior Vice President, Player Development and Amateur Scouting has led an astonishing rebuild that has taken the Cubs from one of the worst farm systems in baseball to quite possibly the best.

What's more exciting is that these prospects are on the brink of making the majors.  It's no time to leave right when it is about to get good.

Apparently McLeod agrees, signing a 2 year extension per Scott Miller of Bleacher Report and formerly of CBS Sports.


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  • When was McLoed's contract up ?

  • In reply to Rbirby:

    He got a 5 year deal when he came on just before the 2012 season.

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  • So his contract runs beyond everyone else's?

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Yes, they all signed on for 5 years originally.

  • SWEET. Just made my day.

  • YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEESSSSSS! I was so worried he may leave. Great Move! The rest will be extended also in my opinion. Let's

  • We need to keep our top people. There is
    still more work to be done

  • He's done an excellent job thus far. That Schwarber pick just looks better and better every day.

  • Speaking of Schwarber, fangraphs has posted a running leaderboard for the latest draft picks, and guess who is leading the pack (albeit a little early)? Our own Mr. Schwarber, that's who. Check out the link.
    One really awesomely cool nugget of info obtained so far is that Schwarber has as many HRs as all of the rest of the 1st rounders combined (8). Booyah!!

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Of course "small sample size" applies here, but it's still pretty crazy that Schwarber's wRAA is 17.5 while the next closest competitor is at 5.0

  • In reply to HefCA:

    MLB Tonight projected the Cubs future lineup. This is what they had, which I thought was peculiar. I could use John Arguello's help here!

    C - Schwarber
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Baez
    3B- Castro
    LF- McKinney
    CF- Almora
    RF- Bryant

    To me there are two glaring issues. Alcantara and Soler were never mentioned! Secondly, Schwarber was listed at catcher. I wonder how far fetched that is?

  • In reply to Quasimodo:

    Soler is a part of it, he's too talented not to be. I am just glad they had Almora in there. Too many people are leaving him out. He is the future CFer. Period.

  • In reply to TD40:

    Well I generally agree. But it also means there is talent that they can't wrap their minds around!

  • Great news!!! This is exactly what I said I hoped would happen after McLeod withdrew his name from the SD job. I'm assuming the extension included a pay raise?

  • Everyone here knows how important he is to this organization, but he still gets overshadowed by Epstein and Hoyer. All of the scouts report to McLeod, not the other two, and for the most part McLeod runs the draft room.

  • I really like this show of faith. He did his part by withdrawing from what is probably his dream job. I hope he gets that chance AFTER the Cubs WS championship.

    Who makes this decision to extend him? Does this come from Theo? Rickets? ...

  • In reply to nukee:

    If I had to make a guess I think that would be Theo. The scouting department should fall under the jurisdiction of the baseball operations president, not the business side.

  • In reply to nukee:

    When you say dream job, do you mean being a GM or being the Padres' GM? I can't imagine that the latter would be anyone's dream job...

  • In reply to cubbie steve:

    He means specifically the Padres GM job. To most, no, that's not your ideal GM job. McLeod is from the San Diego area though and grew up a fan, so it's a specific personal desire for him.

  • In reply to cubbie steve:

    McLeod is a San Diego native and got his first MLB job with the Padres organization. So it may mean more to him...

  • I recall he was the one pushing hard for Kris Bryant. Not only is he incredibly canny, he's got authority in his position. It is a very classy and professional front office.

  • What are they going to do with there
    international pool money? They can't
    pay a prospect more than $250,000

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    It appears....sign lots of people

  • remember all the draft day meltdowns on here when he was drafted.. hilarious.. LMAO

  • This might be the biggest move of the summer.

  • Awesome news. Keep the 3 together. BTW, VOTE 4 RIZZO!!!!

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    Carry on Jason,business as usual.The 3 Musketeers,the new Porthos, Athos and the other Aramis,(not named) Ramirez.

  • So, Cubs Den ffball league anyone?

  • I'm in

  • In reply to TD40:

    On the next minors recap I'll post a link to it, as those seem to get the most traffic.

  • In reply to nmu’catsbball:

    I always read the minor's recap. How can you not?

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    In reply to nmu’catsbball:

    I'm looking forward to it...

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    That's great news for the cubs. The guy has done an incredible job when you consider just how bad the cubs farm system was when he took over. Wasn't is just 3 years ago when the top prospect in our system was 28-29 year old minor league journeyman Bryan LaHair?

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  • In reply to wastrel:

    in 2011 the top 10 propects according to were:

    1) Anthony Rizzo
    2) Brett Jackson
    3) Matt Szczur
    4) Chris Carpenter
    5) Trey McNutt
    6) Josh Vitters
    7) Rafael Dolis
    8) Jay Jackson
    9) Reggie Golden
    10) Hayden Simpson

    McLeod deserves every penny.

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    In reply to TD40:

    Deserves every penny indeed.

    Now even our top 20 list leaves off prospects many fans are very high on.

  • In reply to TD40:

    That was at the very end of the year. Oh and Theo traded for 1) Anthony Rizzo.

  • In reply to John57:

    we all know about that trade. doesn't have an archive for earlier in the year.

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    In reply to TD40:

    I might be wrong but wasn't the Baez, Vogelbach, Maples draft pre-McCloud era, so Rizzo was top ten but no Baez, I have a hard time believing that to be correct.

  • So his contract runs through 2017 or 2019? Please tell me 2019.

  • In reply to edubbs:

    2019. Him and Hoyer came on in November,2011 with 5-yr deals..

    yr1- 2012
    yr2- 2013
    yr3- 2014
    yr4- 2015
    yr5- 2016
    ext.yr1- 2017
    ext.yr2- 2018
    unsigned- 2019 - McLeod is offered his choice of GM jobs after the Cubs win the world series in 2018, led by players from a farm system that was scouted and developed with his leadership.

    Hoyer is promoted to President of Baseball Operations and everyone must their after refer to him as a "grand baseball guru" or "supreme rebuild architect".

    Theo is promoted to King of Chicago, signs a lucrative lifetime contract with the Cubs, and his only job from then on is to go to Cubs games, sit, relax, enjoy, and bask in the warm glow of Cubs fan admiration. He will also sing the 7th inning stretch at every game, but only when he feels like it....

    OK, those last two might not happen. ;-)

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Thanks, Ghost- you're probably not too far off with that assessment!

  • So his contract is up in 2017 or 2019? Please answer 2019!!

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  • Smart move by the Cubs for sure but he'll be a GM at a far better job than San Diego well before the 2019 season starts. And if he isn't, that's not good.

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