Davis to be roving instructor in '09

Davis to be roving instructor in '09

MILWAUKEE -- Each day that a still lean and trim Eric Davis slipped on his Reds No. 44 uniform increased speculation about what kind of future the former outfielder had with the organization.

Davis, who played for the Reds from 1984-91 and 1996, spent nine games last month in uniform as an advisor with the club and worked with players. He returned on Monday in the same role and is expected to spend the rest of the road trip with the team.

Some wondered if Davis was being groomed for a spot on the big league coaching staff next season. The answer is no. It hasn't been announced yet, but the 46-year-old will work for the Reds in a roving instructor's role next season.

"We'll probably have him in the instructional league some," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "He wants to work with us, but he's not ready to do it full-time. He adds a lot with his knowledge of the game, obviously. He's still well respected and revered by today's players that recognize who he was and what he was as a Reds player. He'll be another valuable asset to the organization that will be able to provide some resource for these guys to go to, and supplement our coaching staff at the Major or Minor League level."

Davis spent 17 seasons in the Majors, from 1984-2001, with the Reds, Dodgers, Tigers, Orioles, Cardinals and Giants.

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