Back in 2005, Jed Hoyer helped complete the trade to bring Josh Beckett to Boston. Now, the current Cubs general manager is bringing another Beckett to Chicago.
The former Red Sox assistant general manager and his wife, Merrill, welcomed a baby boy to the world on Thursday, who they named Beckett, according to Peter Gammons. That’s right, presumably after Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett.
When Theo Epstein took a leave of absence in 2005, Hoyer was one of four interim general managers that temporarily replaced him. During that time, he traded Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and two other prospects for Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota.
Hoyer — who left in 2009 — may not be with the Red Sox anymore, but he continues to pay homage to one of the organization’s aces.