The Cubs have a new GM: Carter Hawkins
Jed Hoyer has a new right-hand man.
The Cubs hired Carter Hawkins as the organization’s new general manager, the team announced Friday morning.
Hawkins spent the last 14 years in Cleveland’s front office, including the last five years as an assistant general manager to GM Mike Chernoff. He held a variety of jobs in the Cleveland organization, including scout, assistant director of player development and took over as director of player development in 2015.
Hawkins has been a part of Cleveland’s front office that has flourished in developing pitching over the last decade, watching players such as Shane Bieber and Corey Kluber emerge into Cy Young contenders.
“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.”
The hire marks a big addition to the Cubs front office. Hoyer — who filled the GM role for the Cubs for nearly a decade — took over as the president of baseball operations last fall after Theo Epstein stepped down.
From Day 1, Hoyer has expressed a preference for hiring from outside the organization to fill the GM vacancy in an effort to add a unique perspective into the front office.
Hoyer appreciates what his staff has been able to accomplish over the last calendar year, including a franchise-altering trade deadline that featured eight separate deals.
“I’m excited to add a partner, bring someone in that can help me, but I couldn’t be more proud of the guys with our staff,” Hoyer said last week. “For us to get through a really successful trade deadline, given that we thought we were going to be buyers up until probably three weeks before the deadline.
“That we were able to transition, pivot and be able to make trades I think are going to be really impactful for the future of the franchise. I was really proud of the way our office handled that. They were able to pick up a lot of slack this year with Theo being gone, without having a GM in place.”