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Monday, June 30, 2014
Jason McLeod to stay with Cubs

By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com

BOSTON -- Chicago Cubs senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod has withdrawn his name for consideration for the vacant San Diego Padres general manager's job, he told reporters on Monday afternoon.

"Obviously very humbled and flattered the Padres were interested," McLeod said. "That's my hometown team. That's always been 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."

McLeod has overseen a farm system that has gone from the bottom third in baseball to the top five in less than three years. He was one of team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer's first hires when they joined the Cubs in 2011. McLeod was an assistant GM with Hoyer in San Diego. 

"I was mildly surprised he didn't want to interview but thrilled nonetheless," Hoyer said. "In this business there are only 30 of those jobs but it means a lot to us he wants to stay here. Jason loves what we're doing here. He's been such a huge part of what we want to build. He's been here for some short-term pain. I think he sees the picture coming into focus and wants to be a part of that."

The Cubs are going through a stated rebuilding process, which means McLeod has one of the most important jobs in the organization -- finding young talent.

"I really want to be here when we win," he said. "Being a GM is something I still really hope to do in the future, but right now I felt this is where I want to be."

McLeod and Hoyer know more opportunities will materialize if they accomplish what no management team in Chicago has done in over 100 years: win a World Series title with the Cubs.

"A rising tide lifts all ships," Hoyer said. "People that are part of a great organization will have great opportunities."