Reds' Jocketty hires Walker as special assistant for player personnel

CINCINNATI -- Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has hired Jerry Walker, one of his former assistants in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, as a special assistant for player personnel.

Walker worked for Jocketty in St. Louis for the last 13 years, including 11 years as vice president of player personnel. Jocketty left the Cardinals last year because of a clash in the front office over the team's direction. He became a special adviser to the Reds, and replaced Wayne Krivsky as general manager 21 games into the season.

Walker pitched for Baltimore, Kansas City and Cleveland. He later managed in the Yankees' farm system for five seasons. He became the Yankees' pitching coach in 1981, and later held the same job with the Houston Astros.