Cubs hire Carter Hawkins as GM

The Chicago Cubs named Carter Hawkins as the franchise’s 16th general manager on Friday.

Hawkins, 37, spent 14 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, including the last five as assistant general manager.

He will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday at Wrigley Field.

“I am thrilled to bring Carter into our organization,” Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said in a news release. “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.”

One of Hawkins’ duties with Cleveland was overseeing player development. Entering the offseason, Cleveland has five players listed among the MLB.com’s top 100 prospects, tied for the most among major league teams.

Chicago’s general manager post has been vacant for nearly a year.

Last November, Theo Epstein stepped down as president of baseball operations and was replaced by then-GM Hoyer.

The others considered for the job reportedly included Tampa Bay Rays vice president of player development Carlos Rodriguez, Minnesota Twins assistant GM Jeremy Zoll and Cleveland VP of player development James Harris.

The Cubs finished 71-91 and in fourth place in the National League Central in 2021.

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