Longtime Cubs exec McLeod takes job with D-Backs


Jason McLeod, the longtime Cubs executive who departed the organization in October, has landed a new gig.

The Diamondbacks are hiring McLeod as a special assistant to general manager Mike Hazen, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday.

McLeod spent a decade with the Cubs, joining the front office as VP of scouting and player development when Theo Epstein took over as team president in 2011. He oversaw the drafts that produced 2016 championship cogs Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber.

McLeod spent the past two seasons as director of player personnel and was offered a new position in the organization but chose to become a "free agent" when his contract expired in October.

He has aspirations to become a general manager and has been a candidate across the game in recent years, interviewing with several teams.

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