The Chicago Cubs are targeting Carter Hawkins as their new general manager, sources told The Athletic on Wednesday, planning to finalize a move that would mark a major hire for president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer and a big-market franchise in rebuilding mode.

Hawkins has risen from advance scouting intern to assistant general manager during his 14 seasons with Cleveland. He offers broad experience in baseball operations and a background in player development, a specific area of expertise that Hoyer focused on during interviews.

Hoyer, the longtime Cubs general manager who took over for Theo Epstein in November 2020, delayed the search last offseason, citing travel limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic and more pressing issues facing the team during that transition period.

While the Cubs and Hawkins are still in the final stages of the hiring process, an announcement is expected soon. MLB generally discourages clubs from making personnel announcements during the postseason, so the exact timing of Hawkins’ official hire is unclear. The American League Championship Series begins Friday while Game 1 of the National League Championship Series is scheduled for Saturday.

Cleveland’s track record of churning out pitchers is appealing to a Cubs organization that has traditionally struggled to identify pitchers in the draft and develop them through the minor leagues.

Hawkins, 37, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2007 and earned four letters on the Commodores baseball team. He was among a list of finalists reported last week by The Athletic, which also included Carlos Rodriguez (Rays vice president of player development and international scouting), James Harris (Cleveland vice president of player development) and Jeremy Zoll (Twins assistant general manager).

Additional reporting by The Athletic‘s Cubs beat writers, Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma.

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