The Chicago Cubs made some big-time changes last offseason, and it’s looking like it could be another winter of transition on the North Side.
On Tuesday, the Texas Rangers hired Shiraz Rehman as their new assistant general manager. Rehman spent the last seven seasons working under Theo Epstein in the Cubs’ baseball operations department, and will assist Rangers G.M. Jon Daniels with roster management in the coming season.
Rehman isn’t the only member of the Cubs’ leadership team who could be heading elsewhere. According to multiple reports, Cubs Farm System Director Jason McLeod is considered to be a serious candidate for the general manager position with the San Francisco Giants.
McLeod has been with the Cubs since 2011, when he was hired by Epstein and G.M. Jed Hoyer to overhaul one of the big league’s worst farm systems.
Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, who was one of the few coaches to survive last offseason’s coaching purge, could also be on the move, as he’s reportedly a finalist to become the next manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.
If Hyde is hired by Toronto, it would mark the second straight season that a Cubs bench coach has been promoted, as Dave Martinez took over as Washington Nationals manager after the 2017 campaign.