Sources: Giants Interview Cubs' McLeod For GM Job

Jason McLeod has been instrumental in the Cubs' scouting and development system.

Bruce Levine
October 16, 2018 - 8:48 am
Cubs senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod

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(670 The Score) The spoils of winning mean that the bright, respected individuals in your organization may be picked off like fruit from the branch of success. Such may be the case with Jason McLeod, the Cubs' senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting.

McLeod interviewed for the Giants' vacant general manager position last week, sources said. The interview hasn't been confirmed by the Giants or McLeod, who didn't respond to calls or messages seeking comment. 

He was re-upped with a new contract in September 2016 that runs through the 2021 season. McLeod is currently one of the highest-paid vice presidents of scouting and minor league development, sources said. 

McLeod has overseen a tremendously successful Cubs minor league development program since he joined the organization in late 2011, with many of the prospects he helped identify and nurture turning into stars and contributors as the organization broke through to win the World Series in 2016.

McLeod was instrumental in drafting the likes of Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ with first-round picks from 2012-'15, respectively. The Cubs also signed or drafted the likes of Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease under McLeod's watch. Sent to the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade in July 2016, Torres will likely finish first or second in the American League Rookie of the Year vote this year. 

Jimenez and Cease were packed in a trade to the White Sox to acquire Jose Quintana in July 2017. Jimenez was the No. 2-ranked prospect in the minor league this year, while Cease was recently named the MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year.

McLeod worked with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in Boston as they built a strong system that won championship in 2004 and 2007, then again in 2013 after all three left. McLeod followed Hoyer to San Diego after the 2009 season to help run the Padres in 2010 and 2011 before they came to Chicago.

McLeod's first pick as the Red Sox's scouting director was Dustin Pedroia in the second round of the 2004 draft. He also oversaw the selection of Anthony Rizzo in Boston as well. While working for the Padres, Hoyer and McLeod acquired Rizzo from the Epstein-directed Red Sox, then all three worked to bring Rizzo to the Cubs before the 2012 season in a trade.

McLeod interview for the Twins' general manager job in 2016. He was asked to interview for the Padres' general manager job in 2014 but instead removed his name from consideration.

It's unknown if McLeod is on the short list for vacant general manager job openings with the Mets and Orioles.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.​​