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12/03/08 6:19 PM EST

Cubs' Hendry adds Eljaua to his staff

Longtime scout will assist GM in all areas of player evaluation

CHICAGO -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry added to his staff Wednesday, naming Louie Eljaua as a special assistant who will assist in all areas of international, pro and amateur scouting.

"Louie is a difference-maker who will help us tremendously in all of our baseball operations efforts," Hendry said. "He has done a terrific job scouting the Latin American and Far East markets, building player academies along the way, and he will also be a strong asset in our professional and additional amateur scouting efforts."

Eljaua (pronounced el-HOW-ah) joins the Cubs organization with 17 years of Major League scouting experience, both domestically and internationally. He spent the last five seasons as a special assistant to the general manager in Pittsburgh, where he helped oversee the construction of the Pirates new Latin American headquarters and baseball training academy in the Dominican Republic.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.