DALLAS -- The Dodgers' manager search that started with the Oct. 3 departure of Jim Tracy and was interrupted by the Oct. 29 dismissal of general manager Paul DePodesta concluded Tuesday with the hiring of William "Grady" Little. The hiring will be announced at a news conference here at the Winter Meetings headquarters at 7 p.m. CT. The 55-year-old Little, who had been the roving catching instructor for the Chicago Cubs, is better known as the manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2002, when he compiled the most wins for a rookie manager in 22 years, and in 2003, when the Red Sox were eliminated from the American League Championship Series in a Game 7 loss to the New York Yankees. He is the seventh manager in Los Angeles Dodgers history and the fifth in the last eight years. He takes over a club that finished 71-91 in 2005 and was decimated by injuries. Eric Gagne, J.D. Drew, Cesar Izturis, Milton Bradley and Jayson Werth are question marks coming off operations and holes remain at the infield corners, the outfield and at least one starting rotation spot.