Both teams said Wednesday that they will hold news conferences after the World Series. The Padres will announce on Monday morning that Josh Byrnes will replace Hoyer as general manager. The Cubs will introduce Hoyer as GM and McLeod as senior vice president of scouting and player development at a date to be determined.
“If we bring in someone as a general manager it will be because there is someone I think is one of the best and one of the brightest in the game,” Epstein said Tuesday after he was introduced in Chicago. “Somebody who can make a real impact for the Cubs. We have a ton of work to do. It’s going to be a lot of hard work. We’re ready for it. … I think it was important to develop a structure that allowed for the hiring of the GM, if we got the right person.”
The Padres went 90-72 in 2010, leading the NL West for much of the season before stumbling in September and missing the playoffs. After Hoyer traded three-time All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for three prospects and outfielder Eric Patterson in December, the Padres struggled badly and finished last in the division at 71-91.
Byrnes will work with a player payroll of between $53 million and $55 million _ one of the smallest in the majors. It’ll be his turn to try to field a team suited to Petco Park, a pitcher-friendly ballyard where runs are hard to come by.