Kevin Youkilis joins the Cubs as a special assistant

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Kevin Youkilis is reuniting with Theo Epstein … in the Cubs front office.

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Youkilis, who spent last season playing in Japan and officially announced his retirement in October, is joining the Cubs as a special assistant.

Youkilis was Boston’s eighth-round draft pick in 2001 and debuted for the Epstein-run Red Sox in 2004, emerging as one of the top hitters in the American League from 2006-2011. He was traded to the White Sox in mid-2012 and spent 2013 with the Yankees before going to Japan.