San Diego, CA- Chicago Cubs senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod has withdrawn his name from consideration for the San Diego Padres general manager search. McLeod was the Vice President/Assistant General Manager of the San Diego Padres under former general manager Jed Hoyer from 2009-2011. McLeod was praised during his time with the San Diego Padres for improving their awful minor league system to respectability. With the Cubs McLeod has lead the improvement of the Cubs farm system from the worst in baseball to arguably one of the best in baseball with the likes of Kris Bryant and Albert Almora.
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"“I’m very humbled and flattered that the San Diego Padres were interested,” McLeod said Monday. “The Padres are my hometown team and it’s always been kind of a dream job for me, but as I got to sit and reflect and think about it, this is just where I want to be right now. “We’ve got so many good things going on, and it’ll sound corny, but we’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this. I just really believe in the vision and the direction, and I really want to be here when we win.” “Being a GM is something I certainly hope to do in the near future,” McLeod said, “but right now, I felt this is where I want to be.” – Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com"
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To be honest as a Padres fan I was really disappointed to hear that McLeod had pulled his name from consideration. McLeod was considered as one of the favorites for the Padres general manager job. McLeod has experience and knowledge of the Padres organization and his expertise in player development would’ve made him an excellent choice.