Perry agrees to two-year deal to be Cubs hitting coach

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella completed his staff Wednesday when Gerald Perry agreed to a two-year deal to be the team's hitting coach.

Perry, who was Oakland's hitting coach last season, rejoins Piniella. He served as the Seattle Mariners' hitting coach from 2000-02 when Piniella was managing there.

"Lou's a proven winner. We had a real good relationship in Seattle and we won. We averaged 100 wins a year," Perry said.

He has also been the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he worked with third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who has opted to be a free agent but says he would prefer to return to the Cubs.

Perry played 13 big-league seasons, appearing in 1,193 games with Atlanta (1983-89), Kansas City (1990) and St. Louis (1991-95). He batted .265 with 150 doubles, 59 home runs and 396 RBI while stealing 142 bases. He was selected to the 1988 NL All-Star team.

This past season Perry worked with A's slugger Frank Thomas, who came on after a slow start to have a stellar season and help Oakland make the playoffs.

Joining Perry on the Cubs staff will be bench coach Alan Trammell, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, first-base coach Matt Sinatro, third-base coach Mike Quade, bullpen coach Lester Strode and special assistant Ivan DeJesus.