|12.09.09 at 10:46 am ET|
Before the Padres requested permission to discuss the job with him, then-Red Sox director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod anticipated staying in Boston. He oversaw one of the most aggressive amateur scouting departments in the game, trusted with significant resources as well as a great working environment. McLeod’s input, moreover, extended beyond just the draft, as he was one of the organization’s most trusted evaluators.
But, when the Padres requested permission to talk with McLeod in the first days of November, shortly after Sox farm director Mike Hazen turned down San Diego’s Assistant GM position, the Sox initially refused to grant San Diego that right. The process was surprisingly prolonged, with Boston going almost a month before finally allowing McLeod to interview formally for the position last week.
Over that time, McLeod realized how rare an opportunity he had in San Diego. There would be the promotion to the role of Assistant GM in charge of Scouting and Player Development, and with it, an interesting and challenging set of new responsibilities. There was the opportunity to take such a job with Padres GM Jed Hoyer, with whom McLeod had worked for six years in Boston. And there was the opportunity to take such a job in his hometown.
Upon reflection, as he waited to find out whether the Sox would allow him to pursue the job in San Diego, McLeod realized that the Padres job represented the perfect storm.
“At the end, when it finally happened, there was a sense of certainty and relief,” said McLeod, who has worked with Theo Epstein for 13 of the last 15 years, and counts the Sox GM as one of his closest friends. “It was very bittersweet, because I have tremendous relationships over there. I love those guys over there. There was sadness there in leaving.
“On the other side, it’s a great job opportunity, working with Jed,” he continued. “The responsibilities for the job will be great. And then just going home, my son is going to get to grow up three minutes from his grandparents and 10 minutes from his cousins.”
The Sox made a concerted effort to keep McLeod. They offered changes to improve upon a job that he already enjoyed immensely. But, in the end, McLeod realized that he wanted to join Hoyer and the Padres, and so when granted permission last week, he accepted the position.
“It was flattering to know they were really happy with the work I had done,” said McLeod. “They made an incredible effort to keep me. It was everything I could possibly ever want, if not for this one opportunity.”
For a look at McLeod’s draft record with the Red Sox, click here.
|12.09.09 at 10:15 am ET|
Tom Haudricourt says the Brewers, who are expecting to hear back from Randy Wolf on their three-year offer today, will turn their attention to Jon Garland should Wolf not sign.
|12.09.09 at 10:04 am ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — According to sources in the hotel lobby at the Indianpolis Marriott, the Red Sox continue to inquire with teams about their interest in third baseman Mike Lowell. The belief is that the Red Sox might be trying to position themselves to make a run at free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.
FoxSports.com wrote Tuesday night that the Rangers were at least considering the prospect of acquiring Lowell to play first base and be a designated hitter, although he doesn’t appear to be at top of their list to fill the position. Lowell has played in just four games at first during his professional career, all coming during the 1999 season with Triple A Columbus.
Lowell did tell WEEI.com that he believed he could play first base, and would attempt it if the team asked. “I wouldn’t rule it out, absolutely not,” he said. “I’m a realist. If they think that makes us a better defensive team, that’s fine. I don’t have a major problem with that. I would have to work on it. I think Triple A was probably the last time I played first. I played for about three or four games. But that doesn’t mean I think I can’t do it. But I haven’t been asked.”
According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners are ruling out bringing back the 29-year-old Beltre — a Type A free agent who is represented by Scott Boras — back. If they were able to re-sign the third baseman, the belief is Seattle would play newly-acquired Chone Figgins at second base.
|12.09.09 at 9:42 am ET|
The Tigers wanted either Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury in exchange for Curtis Granderson. Your thoughts …
Buster Olney is hearing that the Red Sox have expressed interest in Coco Crisp. Crisp, who had surgery on both of his shoulders, told WEEI.com in Kansas City when the Sox were there last season that he fully expected to have a full offseason of workouts and that his ailments wouldn’t be an issue by December.
The Denver Post is reporting that the Angels are going harder after Roy Halladay than any other club.
Joel Sherman paints the picture of how the Yankees might be lining themselves up for a run at Roy Halladay.
|12.09.09 at 4:23 am ET|
Brad Penny is officially a Cardinal after passing a physical. The biggest question remaining is what this means for fellow Red Sox bust John Smoltz, who had a 4.26 ERA in seven starts for St. Louis after losing his job in Boston.
|12.09.09 at 2:51 am ET|
Though past years’ winter meetings have kept fans up deep into the night (most notably the Johan Santana talks in 2007), there hasn’t been much news out of Indianapolis as the wee hours of the morning are approached. One interesting bit that is out there regards the Giants, who are apparently interested in Nick Johnson and Adrian Beltre, according to Andrew Baggarly. The Red Sox have been rumored as potential suitors the corner infielders over the last two days.
|12.09.09 at 2:07 am ET|
According to a source familiar with the situation, when talking to the Red Sox about a possible deal for outfielder Curtis Granderson, the Tigers asked for either Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury in return. The Sox rejected that proposal. Detroit moved on, and agreed upon a deal Tuesday that would send Granderson to the Yankees, with Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Austin Jackson, and Phil Coke going to the Tigers, with the Diamondbacks receiving Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy.
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