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McLeod no longer candidate for Padres' GM job

McLeod no longer candidate for Padres' GM job

BOSTON -- Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod said Monday he has removed himself from consideration for the Padres' general manager job, even though it was a tempting offer to consider.

"I'm very humbled and flattered that the Padres were interested," McLeod said Monday. "[The Padres are] my hometown team and it's always been kind of a dream job for me, but as I got to sit and reflect and think about it, this is just where I want to be right now.

"We've got so many good things going on, and it'll sound corny, but we've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this. I just really believe in the vision and the direction, and I really want to be here when we win."

McLeod was the Padres' assistant general manager before joining the Cubs and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein in fall 2011.

"Being a GM is something I certainly hope to do in the near future," McLeod said, "but right now, I felt this is where I want to be."

McLeod said he contacted Padres team president Mike Dee recently.

"Those jobs are coveted, and like I said, it's something I aspire to do," McLeod said. "We have a special thing going on here [with the Cubs]. I don't mean this to sound corny, but I truly believe that. I want to be a part of this and I want to see this through to fruition. I think we'll be really good in the next couple years."

The Cubs are counting on several players in the Minor League system to have an impact, such as recent Draft picks Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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