Little will help evaluate trades

Updated: January 16, 2004, 2:44 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Former Boston Red Sox manager Grady Little was hired by the Chicago Cubs on Friday as a scouting consultant and assistant to general manager Jim Hendry.

Little will help evaluate trades and the Cubs' minor league system, and assist with coaching duties during spring training.

Little managed the Red Sox the last two seasons, and he was fired in October, two weeks after Boston lost to the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the AL championship series. Pedro Martinez failed to hold the lead in the game, and Little was blamed for leaving his ace in too long.

The 54-year-old Little managed 16 seasons in the minors from 1980 through '95 and was San Diego's bullpen coach in 1996. He spent the next three seasons as Jimy Williams' bench coach in Boston, then had the same job the next two seasons with Jerry Manuel in Cleveland.

He became the Red Sox manager in spring training of 2002 after Joe Kerrigan was fired.

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