2:53pm: GM Walt Jocketty has officially announced that Price will return next season, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer (Twitter links). Decisions on the Reds’ coaches will be made in the coming weeks.
9:44am: The Reds plan to keep manager Bryan Price for 2016, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported earlier this week that the Reds were considering retaining Price, although changes could be made to his coaching staff.
The Reds have suffered through an ugly 63-97 season and are currently in the midst of a 13-game losing streak, and Price himself attracted headlines earlier this season for a profanity-laced tirade directed at a reporter. They also finished just 76-86 in 2014, Price’s first year on the job.
Via Rosenthal, however, the idea behind keeping Price might be that he is not responsible for trades of veterans like Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Marlon Byrd, and neither is it his fault that the Reds haven’t gotten full, healthy seasons from key players like Devin Mesoraco, Homer Bailey, Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart. The Reds’ rotation currently consists entirely of rookies, so perhaps it’s not surprising that they’re struggling.
The Reds promoted Price from pitching coach to manager following the 2013 season, when they dismissed Dusty Baker. Price is signed to a three-year deal that continues through 2016. There has been no indication yet that the Reds plan to extend Price.