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02/02/12 5:36 PM EST

Red Sox hire veteran scout Hughes

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have added veteran scout Gary Hughes, who will be in his 45th year in the game this season.

Hughes, 70, spent nine years with the Cubs as a right-hand man to Jim Hendry, Chicago's general manager until Theo Epstein's regime came in. Hughes will work with Boston's scouting department.

Baseball America honored Hughes with its lifetime achievement award in 2007, and Hughes was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame two years later. Hughes has worked with the Expos, Marlins, Rockies and Yankees, and he has ties to current Tigers president Dave Dombrowski and current Braves general manager Frank Wren.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.