As expected, San Diego's second year GM has bolted to Chicago, bringing with him Jason McLeod, his and Theo's farm system expert. I remain unconvinced that Hoyer is the right guy for GM, partly on account of how I'm pretty sure that Theo Epstein is the right guy for GM.
Not that Hoyer is an overall dolt. He apparently holds the keys to the magic kingdom of Sabermetrics - either that or he regularly browses Fangraphs while having mastered the necessary authoritative tone to successfully gather wool over his boss's eyes. (Hey, it's what I would've done.) Cub fans see sabermetrics in the same way that folks in the middle of the 20th century saw penicillin. It's a revolutionary way to treat epidemics (in this case, the Cubs farm system) that should've arrived a long-ass time ago. Will the Cubs' bold step into 2002 finally earn them the championship that we've been desiring for eight generations? Maybe. But I think that the bolder move will be the construction of a front office that isn't apparently run by a pack of functionally retarded "executives."
Still, Hoyer's baseball savvy worries me. As mentioned in earlier posts, he built a Padres team in 2011 that might have outhit the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics, who boldly hit .237 with a .311 slugging percentage en route to a 43-109 season. But don't worry - I exaggerate a bit. The 2011 Padres actually batted .237 as a team but with a .349 slugging percentage. They put up way, way better numbers than the craptacular A's. I mean, hell, unlike the free-swingin' A's, the Padres actually had one guy who hit 10+ homeruns ... who they traded away before the end of the season. Guh.
In any case, the front office is now in place. Still, I'm sure we'll see a few more firings and hirings in the coming weeks. I hear that Mike Quade is already attending Ex Managers Anonymous meetings and Ryne Sandberg is sitting by the phone growing a "job beard" until Theo gives him a ring. Some signings should start to happen shortly - maybe Aramis will return, on account of how the alternative is a 2012 Cubs offense that makes the 2011 Padres offense look like Murderers Row. (We shall affectionately call them Suiciders Row.) Or maybe Jetheo will surprise us and bring in some immediate cannons to replace the depleted Cubs offense. In any case, we'll be watching closely... oh yes, closely indeed.