After great success in drafting prospects and developing them and other youngsters acquired in trades, the Cubs have hit a wall in that department in recent years. Some of that can be explained as the fallout of trading away young talent for established MLB players in a championship window that included a 2016 title. Some of it can't be explained by that dynamic.
Its with that in mind that the Cubs shifted executive Jason McLeod into a new role Wednesday. In what president of baseball operations Theo Epstein called a "lateral move," McLeod transitioned into the senior vice president of player personnel position after overseeing the amateur scouting and player development departments for eight years.