Venable, a Princeton alum, played for the Padres during the entirety of Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer's tenure in San Diego as GM. Venable posted a career .249/.315/.404 slash line with 135 stolen bases in 967 career games with the Padres, Rangers and Dodgers.
"I'm extremely grateful Jed and [president of baseball operations] Theo [Epstein] have given me the opportunity to learn from them and all of the great people in the Cubs organization," Venable said. "As my playing days have come to an end, I look forward to exploring new ways to have a positive impact on the game. I am excited to be part of the Cubs' family and their amazing tradition."
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.