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Reds ask Rolen to return as Spring Training instructor

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Former Reds third baseman Scott Rolen spent the 2013 season out of baseball, although he never formally announced his retirement. Manager Bryan Price said the team has reached out to Rolen to see if he would be a spring instructor.

"We want Scott to be part of our organization," Price said Sunday. "His presence is definitely a positive thing. We've got a lot of really good baseball people in our system as it stands -- a lot of iconic Reds former players that are here and help influence our club. Scott would be another outstanding influence."

Rolen spent 17 years in the Majors, including 2009-12 with the Reds. He was viewed as a lead-by-example type of team leader. Leadership was a noticeable void on the team last season.

If Rolen were to return, Price said he would likely have focus on the player development side. Rolen was apparently receptive to the idea, but as a husband and father of two young children, there are scheduling issues to overcome. Rolen has previously said he is not interested in a full-time coaching career.

"I think he appreciates what he's asked his family to go through. He's making a strong commitment to being a dad and a husband," Price said. "I think there's a way to make it work within his schedule and also help influence our players, probably in our player development system."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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