The Cubs added an outfielder to the organization Wednesday...but not on the active roster.
The organization hired Will Venable to the front office Wednesday morning as a special assistant to the president/general manager.
Venable is only 34 and played in the big leagues as recently as last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent nine years in the majors, eight of which came in San Diego at the same time Jed Hoyer was GM and Jason McLeod was also in the Padres front office.
He stole 101 bases over a four-year stretch from 2010-13 and also smashed 22 homers in 2013.
With the Cubs, Venable will have a role with the entire baseball operations department, including visiting the club's minor-league affiliates and talking to prospects on and off the field, evaluating amateur players and also spending some time with the big-league club.
"I'm extremely grateful Jed and Theo have given me the opportunity to learn from them and all of the great people in the Cubs organization,” Venable said in a statement. “As my playing days have come to an end, I look forward to exploring new ways to have a positive impact on the game. I am excited to be part of the Cubs family and their amazing tradition.”