Cubs receive permission from Padres to speak with Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod

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Now that Theo Epstein is officially the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, he can formally begin the process of getting two of his buddies to join him in Chicago.

According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the Cubs have received permission from the Padres to speak with general manager Jed Hoyer and assistant general manager Jason McLeod. They are expected to take on the same roles in Chicago while Josh Byrnes will be promoted to GM in San Diego.

As for compensation, Hayes hears that the Padres have a “pre-agreed” list of players to choose from for losing Hoyer and McLeod. There will also be an agreement in place to prevent any further raiding of the Padres’ front office, which is similar to an agreement with the Red Sox two years ago when Hoyer left for San Diego.

The Phillies signed Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal

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Scott Lauber of the Philly Inquirer reports that the Phillies have agreed to terms with infielder Danny Espinosa. He’ll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

This will be Espinosa’s fourth organization this year, as he has spent time under contract with the Yankees, Blue Jays and Dodgers in 2018, being released by all three teams after a few weeks. He last appeared in the big leagues in 2017, hitting a mere .173/.245/.278 in 93 games for the Angels, Mariners and Rays. He hit 20 homers a couple of times way back in the day, though, and I guess that — and the humility to accept minor league assignments — will earn you shots if you’re a good guy and you’re in decent shape.