Cubs targeting Cleveland Guardians executive Carter Hawkins for GM job, per report

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CBS Sports 13 October, 2021 - 05:00pm

The Chicago Cubs are targeting Carter Hawkins as their new general manager, sources told The Athletic on Wednesday, planning to finalize a move that would mark a major hire for president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer and a big-market franchise in rebuilding mode.

Hawkins has risen from advance scouting intern to assistant general manager during his 14 seasons with Cleveland. He offers broad experience in baseball operations and a background in player development, a specific area of expertise that Hoyer focused on during interviews.

Hoyer, the longtime Cubs general manager who took over for Theo Epstein in November 2020, delayed the search last offseason, citing travel limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic and more pressing issues facing the team during that transition period.

While the Cubs and Hawkins are still in the final stages of the hiring process, an announcement is expected soon. MLB generally discourages clubs from making personnel announcements during the postseason, so the exact timing of Hawkins’ official hire is unclear. The American League Championship Series begins Friday while Game 1 of the National League Championship Series is scheduled for Saturday.

Cleveland’s track record of churning out pitchers is appealing to a Cubs organization that has traditionally struggled to identify pitchers in the draft and develop them through the minor leagues.

Hawkins, 37, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2007 and earned four letters on the Commodores baseball team. He was among a list of finalists reported last week by The Athletic, which also included Carlos Rodriguez (Rays vice president of player development and international scouting), James Harris (Cleveland vice president of player development) and Jeremy Zoll (Twins assistant general manager).

Additional reporting by The Athletic's Cubs beat writers, Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma.

The process could conclude as soon as next week with a possible announcement prior to the League Championship Series.

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Jed Hoyer is focusing on external candidates for GM at this preliminary stage, according to sources familiar with the process.

The process could conclude as soon as next week with a possible announcement prior to the League Championship Series.

"We hope the emotions are on the other end of the spectrum at the end of next year." David Ross and the Cubs reflect on a tough season.

Hitting coach Anthony Iapoce and catching coach Mike Borzello are out. Is more change on the way?

Jed Hoyer is focusing on external candidates for GM at this preliminary stage, according to sources familiar with the process.

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REPORT: Cubs Targeting Cleveland Assistant General Manager Carter Hawkins for Open GM Spot

bleachernation.com 13 October, 2021 - 04:55pm

There it is! I had a gut feeling the news might be coming out on today’s baseball off day, and here it is. The Chicago Cubs will soon have a General Manager.

President Jed Hoyer is going with Cleveland Assistant GM Carter Hawkins, per Britt Ghiroli, Sahadev Sharma, and Patrick Mooney:

NEWS: The Cubs are finalizing a deal to make Cleveland AGM Carter Hawkins their new GM, sources tell me, @sahadevsharma & @PJ_Mooney: https://t.co/puNVzw3gJn

— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) October 13, 2021

Read the article for the full scoop, but the short version is that Hoyer was targeting rising candidates in organizations with significant success in scouting and player development, and Hawkins has been with the Cleveland Indians for the past 14 seasons. They have obviously been quite good at the scouting and player development thing, particularly on the pitching side.

Hawkins, 37, began his front office career on the scouting side (following his time playing at Vanderbilt), eventually moving into player development, then becoming the Director of Player Development in 2014, and then an Assistant GM in 2016. He’s young, but he’s been doing this at a high level for a long time in an organization that consistently has success in a critical aspect of organization building.

We’ll dig in more on Hawkins soon, when things become a little more official, but broadly speaking, you wanted to see someone from outside the Cubs organization, who was in an organization that has a lot of success with scouting and player development. Boxes checked. Now to find out more on the potential new number two in the Cubs organization.

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.

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REPORT: Cubs Targeting Cleveland Assistant General Manager Carter Hawkins for Open GM Spot

NBC Chicago 13 October, 2021 - 04:55pm

There it is! I had a gut feeling the news might be coming out on today’s baseball off day, and here it is. The Chicago Cubs will soon have a General Manager.

President Jed Hoyer is going with Cleveland Assistant GM Carter Hawkins, per Britt Ghiroli, Sahadev Sharma, and Patrick Mooney:

NEWS: The Cubs are finalizing a deal to make Cleveland AGM Carter Hawkins their new GM, sources tell me, @sahadevsharma & @PJ_Mooney: https://t.co/puNVzw3gJn

— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) October 13, 2021

Read the article for the full scoop, but the short version is that Hoyer was targeting rising candidates in organizations with significant success in scouting and player development, and Hawkins has been with the Cleveland Indians for the past 14 seasons. They have obviously been quite good at the scouting and player development thing, particularly on the pitching side.

Hawkins, 37, began his front office career on the scouting side (following his time playing at Vanderbilt), eventually moving into player development, then becoming the Director of Player Development in 2014, and then an Assistant GM in 2016. He’s young, but he’s been doing this at a high level for a long time in an organization that consistently has success in a critical aspect of organization building.

We’ll dig in more on Hawkins soon, when things become a little more official, but broadly speaking, you wanted to see someone from outside the Cubs organization, who was in an organization that has a lot of success with scouting and player development. Boxes checked. Now to find out more on the potential new number two in the Cubs organization.

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.

Bleacher Nation Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Bleacher Nation is a private media site, and it is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago White Sox, or the Chicago Blackhawks. None of MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, the Cubs, the Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, or the Blackhawks have endorsed, supported, directed, or participated in the creation of the content at this site, or in the creation of the site itself. It's just a media site that happens to cover MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bleacher Nation is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Bleacher Nation is supported in part by affiliate advertising programs, which you can learn more about here.

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