Major League Baseballâ€™s Chicago Cubs have promoted Shiraz Rehman to the position of assistant general manager. The Cubs will now have two assistant general managers, Rehman and Randy Bush, both of whom will report to General Manager Jed Hoyer. The 34-year-old Rehman joined Chicago in November of 2011 as assistant to the general manager after spending six seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacksâ€™ front office.
With Arizona, he worked his way up to the position of Director of Player Personnel. Prior to that he held the titles of Director of Baseball Operations from 2009 to 2010, Manager of Baseball Operations from 2007 to 2008. He started with the Diamondbacks organization as a baseball operations assistant from 2005 to 2006. Rehman also worked under Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer as an intern in the Boston Red Soxâ€™s baseball operations department in 2005.
Rehman was named as an honorable mention on MLBTradeRumorsâ€™ list of top future GMs. He has a strong statistical background, as is the norm with those that work with Theo Epstein. And Boston writer Gordon Edes once called Rehman a â€œstatistical guruâ€. With Arizona, Rehman was responsible for arbitration, contracts, and some negotiations. He also worked with the major league staff to execute major league transactions, waivers and rules compliance, and 40-man roster management.
Rehman is a 1999 graduate of McGill University in Ontario, Canada, where he earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in finance and accounting, and was a starting infielder on the baseball team for four years. Prior to joining the Red Sox, he spent time as a commodities trader and financial consultant for more than five years and obtained his MBA from Columbia Business School in 2006.