Report: Cubs' search for new general manager is focused on 4 main candidates

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(Audacy) Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer has narrowed down his search for a new general manager.

Hoyer is now focusing on four candidates, according to Sahadev Sharma and Patrick Mooney of the Athletic. The finalists are Cleveland assistant general manager Carter Hawkins, Cleveland vice president of player development James Harris, Tampa Bay vice president of player development and international scouting Carlos Rodriguez and Minnesota assistant general manager Jeremy Zoll, the Athletic reported.

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Hawkins and Harris are two key figures in a Cleveland organization that's widely regarded as one of the most savvy and forward-thinking in MLB. Cleveland has consistently developed strong pitching through the years despite constant roster turnover and salary constraints.

The Cubs' general manager position has been vacant since last November, when lead executive Theo Epstein stepped down and Hoyer was promoted to president of baseball operations. Hoyer didn't make a general manager hire last offseason in large part because he wanted to spend ample time in person with the best candidates, which he couldn't do because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cubs are coming off a 71-91 season in which they unloaded nearly all of their veterans at the trade deadline.

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