Cubs Close To Hiring GM
The Chicago Cubs have a number of things to figure out before the start of the 2022 MLB season, but hiring a new General Manager was at the top of the list. Jed Hoyer has made it clear that he was hoping to land someone quickly and allow that person to make some key personnel decisions this Winter.
Multiple sources are reporting that it will be Carter Hawkins that is ultimately offered the job by Hoyer and the Cubs. Hawkins has been serving as the Assistant General Manager with the Cleveland Indians and he has been linked to the Cubs since the end of the season.
This would be a huge blow to the Cleveland franchise as Hawkins has spent the previous 14 years with the Indians. He is still just 37 years old and was a former collegiate player for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Hawkins will now try to lead the franchise that once kept him from getting a World Series ring in Cleveland. Ironically, Hawkins was promoted to Assistant GM in the same month that the Cubs completed the 3-1 comeback to win the World Series in 2016.
Hoyer was the previous GM in Chicago but he was promoted when Theo Epstein announced his retirement from the team. The Cubs decided to leave the GM position open during the 2021 year, but HOyer has reportedly been working on filling this position for months.
Hiring a new GM isn’t going to instantly make big changes to the product on the field, but it will add a new voice and vision to the front office. It’s unclear when this deal will be made official, but it appears to be a done deal.
Scouting Was Key Component
There were a number of things that Hoyer was looking for in a new GM, but scouting and player development was at the top of the list. In case you haven’t been paying attention, these are two areas in which the Cubs have struggled over the past decade.
Hawkins initially broke in to the Major Leagues as a scout, and has also worked on the player development side of things. He won’t be doing any of those jobs with the Cubs, but he will be tasked with putting together a group that will look to make some improvements in both areas.
Money to Work With
Hawkins is going to have some money to spend with the Cubs, but it’s unclear just how much the Ricketts family is willing to spend. Trading away nearly all of the core in July unloaded significant salary, and there is room to add this Winter.
Hoyer and the Cubs have already been working on a list of potential free agent targets, but Hawkins will also bring his own list with him. Until Hawkins makes his first official move with the team, it’s unclear as to what types of players he likes.