Benedict joins Bucs as assistant to GM

Benedict hired as assistant to GM

PITTSBURGH -- General manager Neal Huntington, who continues to evaluate and solidify his staff for next season, announced an addition and a reassignment to that staff Tuesday.

Joining the Pirates as a special assistant to Huntington will be Jim Benedict, who most recently worked as a Major League scout for Cleveland. Prior to Benedict's two years with the Indians, he spent six seasons with the Yankees as a scout and special assistant to baseball operations. After a brief Minor League playing career, Benedict broke into the Majors as a scout for the Rangers in 1990.

The 47-year-old Benedict also spent a combined seven seasons as a Minor League pitching coordinator for both the Dodgers and Expos' organizations.

Benedict will assume a special-assistant position left vacant by Jesse Flores, who will now serve as the Pirates' West Coast regional scouting supervisor. Flores served in the same capacity for the Indians over six seasons after joining Cleveland in 1993. He has spent the past seven years as a special assistant to the GM.

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