Today, not only did the Chicago Cubs make things official with their new president of baseball operations, they paired it with a lot of job security.
Jed Hoyer not only gets the bump from the General Manager, he also gets a new contract.
The official team release:
The Chicago Cubs announced today that the team and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer have agreed the terms of a new five-year contract that runs through the 2025 season. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Hoyer joined Chicago in November 2011 as Executive Vice President / General Manager.
“Jed was an important baseball manager when we built a team that made the playoffs five of the last six years and won the World Series,” said Chicago Cubs chief executive Tom Ricketts. “My family and I believe he will be an incredible baseball operations president, and Cubs fans have one of the best in the industry leading the team to continue our commitment to lasting success.”
Hoyer, 46, is entering his 20th season in baseball operations and his 10th with the Cubs. During his time with the Cubs under former Baseball Operations President Theo Epstein, Hoyer was involved in a leadership role in all aspects of the Cubs’ Baseball Operations division, helping the organization renew its amateur and professional scout divisions while creating and expanding research and group for development analysis. Starting in 2015 after the team’s rebuild from 2012-14, the Cubs pitching has ranked second in the majors with a .235 opponent stroke average and .690 opponent OPS while the team’s 3.66 ERA ranks third in that span. The Cubs hitters the last six seasons lead the NL and rank second in the majors with a 0.332 on the base percentage while their .755 OPS ranks fourth in the NL
Before joining the Cubs, Hoyer served as general manager for the Padres for the 2010-11 seasons, and in 2010 guided the club to its fourth 90-win campaign in the franchise’s 42-year history despite having the lowest payroll in baseball. During the All-Star break in 2010, he bought All-Star and 2002 AL MVP Miguel Tejada six times along with outfielder Ryan Ludwick. The 2010 squad had a 15-win improvement over the Padres club in 2009 (75-87), the biggest win improvement among all teams in the majors the same season.
Hoyer started his main league career with the Red Sox from 2002-09 and was actively involved in player development, major league scouting, quantitative analysis and scouting. He was a member of Epstein’s baseball operations division which won a couple of world championships (2004 and 2007), advanced to four League Championship Series (2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008) and won 95 or more matches six different seasons.
A native of Plymouth, NH, Hoyer graduated from Wesleyan University, where he helped lead the cardinals to the 1994 NCAA Division III World Series championship game as a pitcher and shortstop.