Theo Epstein is building his base.
Though the Chicago Cubs' new president of baseball operations has kept mum about the future of Mike Quade, Epstein was blunt Tuesday about player development and scouting being keys to a North Side World Series.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Cubs and San Diego Padres jointly announced that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod will leave the Padres to accept positions with the Cubs.
Hoyer will be named executive vice president/general manager and McLeod as senior vice president/scouting and player development, the announcement reads.
The Cubs agreed to send a yet-to-be-named player to the Padres as compensation.
The teams will hold press conferences after the World Series, according to the statement, and said they will reserve further comment until after the series.
At that time the Padres are expected to announce Josh Byrnes as Hoyer’s successor.