Cubs officially hire Carter Hawkins as their new general manager

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(670 The Score) The Cubs have hired Cleveland assistant general manager Carter Hawkins as their new general manager, they announced Friday.

Hawkins, 37, fills a position that had been vacant since last November, when lead executive Theo Epstein resigned and Jed Hoyer was elevated to president of baseball operations. Hoyer held off on hiring a general manager for the past year because the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from spending time with candidates in person. A press conference will be held Monday to announce Hawkins’ hiring. Hawkins is the 16th general manager in Cubs history.

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“I am thrilled to bring Carter into our organization,” Hoyer said in a statement. “He has earned a fantastic reputation as a leader through hard work, open-mindedness, humility and intelligence. I enjoyed getting to know him throughout the interview process, and it quickly became clear that we share the same passion for team building. I look forward to partnering with him to build the next great Cubs team.”

A Georgia native, Hawkins was a catcher who played collegiately at Vanderbilt. He joined the Cleveland organization as an intern in advance scouting in 2008 and worked his way up through the ranks. He was named an assistant director of player development in 2010 and then elevated to the director of player development in 2015.

Hawkins had served as an assistant general manager for the last five years. It was a position that included wide-ranging duties, from player procurement to player development.

Cleveland did a superb job of identifying and developing pitching talent during Hawkins’ tenure there, a fact that was certainly on Hoyer’s mind as he tabbed Hawkins to be the No. 2 individual in the Cubs' baseball operations department. The Cubs’ inability to produce homegrown pitching – notably in the starting rotation – has been a weakness since the Epstein-Hoyer regime took over in late 2011.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.