Cubs announce hirings of Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis

The Cubs announced Tuesday they hired former major leaguers Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis.

Ramirez, who was with the Cubs last season as a player-coach for Triple-A Iowa, was hired as a hitting consultant. Ramirez spent 19 seasons in the majors (1993-2011). He totaled a .312 batting average, .411 on-base percentage, .585 slugging percentage, .996 OPS and 555 home runs. He was a 12-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger award nine times.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein added Tuesday that Ramirez has not "formally retired."

Youkilis was hired as a scouting and player development consultant. Youkilis spent 10 years in the majors (2004-13), batting .281 with a .382 on-base percentage, .478 slugging percentage and .861 OPS. He was a three-time All-Star and won a Gold Glove award in 2007.

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