The Cubs have recently announced changes to their front office, with Jared Banner being moved into the role of assistant general manager. This shift comes after Craig Breslow left the Cubs to lead the Red Sox baseball operations. Breslow had been the assistant GM and VP of pitching with the Cubs in recent years.
Sources have confirmed that Banner will now be working under GM Carter Hawkins and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer. Prior to this new role, Banner held the position of vice president of player development for two years, and served as vice president of special projects during the 2021 season.
Under Banner’s leadership, the Cubs have built a highly-regarded farm system, earning praise from outlets like FanGraphs, MLB Pipeline, and Bleacher Report. FanGraphs ranked the Cubs as the top farm system in baseball, while MLB Pipeline placed them at 4th in the league. This reorganization of the front office reflects the Cubs’ dedication to maintaining a strong player development infrastructure for future success. Additionally, the team is currently in search for a new farm director to fill the vacancy left by Banner’s promotion.