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Jason McLeod sticks with Cubs Plan, declines San Diego GM interview offer
BOSTON – At least one high-ranking Cubs official believes enough in the rebuilding process to turn down a chance to run the whole process for another team.
Jason McLeod, the Cubs’ top scouting and player development executive, said Monday he has withdrawn his name from consideration for his hometown San Diego Padres vacant general manager job, after the Padres had requested he interview.
“Obviously, I’m very humbled and flattered that the Padres were interested,” said McLeod, hired away from the San Diego front office by incoming team president Theo Epstein in the fall of 2011.
“It’s my hometown team. It’s always been kind of a dream job for me. But as I got to sit and reflect and think about it, this is where I want to be right now. We’ve got so many good things going on, and we’ve kind of put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this thing. I just really believe in the vision and the direction, and I really want to be here when we win.”
McLeod, who spent two years as a special assistant to San Diego GM Jed Hoyer before both were brought to Chicago, said he still hopes to become a GM some day.
“But we have a special thing going on here,” he said. “And I want to see this though to fruition, and I think we’re going to be really good in the next couple of years.”
Hoyer said he was “mildly surprised” McLeod turned down the chance to go to San Diego but was “thrilled.”
“It means a lot to us personally that he wanted to stay here, and professionally as well,” said Hoyer, who was with Epstein and McLeod in Boston before going to San Diego. “He’s been such a huge part of what we’re trying to build.”