Whenever the Chicago Cubs finalize and announce their acquisition of Theo Epstein, current Boston Red Sox GM and future Cubs President of Baseball Operations, they are expected to move quickly to add current San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer to the fold as their own GM. Hoyer is young, but already very accomplished, having worked under Epstein in Boston (specializing in sabermetric analysis) and put in two full years as Padres top dog.
During that time, despite very limited resources, Hoyer has marked himself as one of theleague's shrewdest and savviest executives. If Andrew Friedman had not had the tremendous farm system he did when he took over the Tampa Bay Rays, he would have done everything just the way Hoyer has done it in San Diego.
Hoyer and Epstein will combine on most baseball decisions, and should make good ones. Here are 10 gold stars on Hoyer's resume—great moves he made during his brief Padres tenure.