Cubs

Long-time Cubs executive Jason McLeod named Senior Vice President of Player Personnel

Long-time Cubs executive Jason McLeod named Senior Vice President of Player Personnel

The Cubs announced Wednesday that Jason McLeod will transition from Senior Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel. 

McLeod has spent the last eight seasons of a 24-year career in baseball overseeing amateur scouting and player development with the Cubs. Over the course of his tenure, the Cubs have hit on notable draft selections such as Kris Bryant (2013), Kyle Schwarber (2014), Ian Happ (2015) and budding wunderkind Nico Hoerner (2018). He is a key contributor in a front office that has ushered in a successful era of Cubs baseball and brought the organization its first World Series in 108 years.

“Jason has made immense contributions to the organization in his eight years supervising Amateur Scouting and Player Development,” said Theo Epstein, Cubs President of Baseball Operations.  “He helped build and grow two departments that were crucial in the Cubs’ rebuild, championship and run of sustained success. As his career has evolved, Jason is prepared for new challenges at the Major League level, where his strengths in evaluation, development and culture-building will be quite impactful.”

“I’m excited for this new opportunity in player personnel with the Cubs, especially for the chance to be more involved with the major league team,” McLeod said. “We’ve built a tremendous group of scouts and player development staff who work tirelessly to acquire and develop the next generation of great Cubs players.  I’m proud of the progress we have made, and I’m thankful for the contributions of this talented group. The work continues for all of us to realize our singular goal: win another World Series championship.”

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Cubs games easily on your device.

Baseball Prospectus takes shot at Addison Russell in their latest annual

Baseball Prospectus takes shot at Addison Russell in their latest annual

Addison Russell is no longer with the Cubs and he hasn’t yet found a new home in baseball, but he hasn’t escaped being on the receiving end of some tough shots.

Baseball Prospectus, which produces a book each year with team and player capsules, breakdowns and projections, took such a shot. Their blurb for Russell is short and direct.


“The 24-hour national domestic violence hotline number is 800-799-7233.”

Russell was infamously suspended for domestic abuse late in 2018. He returned to the Cubs in 2019, but was not tendered a contract after the season, making him a free agent.

Russell hasn’t found a new landing place with spring training already underway. With this still hanging over his head, it’s no secret as to why.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs easily on your device.

Cubs Talk Podcast: What will David Ross' impact on the Cubs be like in 2020?

david_ross_spring_training.jpg
USA TODAY

Cubs Talk Podcast: What will David Ross' impact on the Cubs be like in 2020?

As new manager David Ross takes over for Joe Maddon, he intends to tweak the culture of the Cubs and set his own mark on the team. Jeff Nelson is joined by Outside the Ivy and Bleacher Nation's Michael Cerami to discuss what kind of impact David Ross will have on the 2020 Cubs, what should be expected from the pitching staff and bullpen, and the uncertainty of who plays in the outfield.

(1:36) - What does Ross' impact look like?

(8:28) - Concerns with the pitching staff

(16:00) - Will Craig Kimbrel be better this year?

(20:00) - Will Kris Bryant have enough rope to get used to leading off?

(25:05) - Who do you trust to play the outfield every day?

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

Cubs Talk Podcast

Subscribe: