Franchise-altering roster decisions await Jed Hoyer as the Chicago Cubs' new baseball boss

When the Chicago Cubs were negotiating with five-star free-agent manager Joe Maddon six years ago, Jed Hoyer performed the ominous task of flying to San Diego County to inform incumbent Rick Renteria he was about to be replaced despite the team’s seven-game improvement in his first season.But that assignment seems inconsequential now compared to what awaits Hoyer in his new position as Cubs president of baseball operations.“Jed is going to put his fingerprints on this team, and Theo Epstein’s departure has allowed him to do this,” said a source who has worked with Hoyer and Epstein with the Cu…

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