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McLeod to San Diego

The Sox are losing another integral piece of their front office. The Sox’ director of amateur scouting, Jason McLeod, is heading to San Diego to join former Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer. McLeod will be the assistant general manager with the Padres.

“Jason is a close friend and a very talented scouting director who made significant contributions here,” Sox general manager Theo Epstein wrote in an email. “He’s going home to work for the Padres and I have no doubt he’ll do great things there as he takes the next step in his career.”

Hoyer left to replace Kevin Towers as the GM of the Padres earlier this off-season. His first attempt to wrest a member of the Sox front office away from Boston was thwarted when director of player development Mike Hazen decided to remain in his current position.

But Hoyer was successful with McLeod, who has had a run of impressive drafts with the Sox, beginning the 2004 draft that landed Pedroia and continuing with the 2005 draft that produced Jacoby Ellsbury, Craig Hansen, Clay Buchholz, Jed Lowrie, Michael Bowden.

“Our new Scouting Director will likely be someone from within the organization who is familiar with the Red Sox scouting systems and philosophies we have used for the last seven or eight years,” Epstein wrote. “Ultimately, the Red Sox Way of scouting and development is our foundation; it’s more important to our success than any one of us individuals who are lucky enough to work here.”

McLeod joined the Red Sox in 2003, after working in the Padres organization from 1994 to 2003. He is a San Diego native. The story was first reported on Twitter by Peter Gammons.

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