The Cincinnati Reds officially announced Nick Krall as the head of their baseball operations department. Krall is the current VP and General Manager, but he now steps up to assume the duties as the Reds’ top baseball decision-maker.
Per the team release, the Reds wrote: “We are excited for Nick to assume the lead over our baseball operations. His hands-on approach as General Manager gives us the opportunity to reinstate that role as the top position in our baseball department and keep the years of hard work that happened under his purview producing stronger, more competitive teams.”
Previous Team President Dick Williams stepped down earlier this month to take on greater responsibility in his family business. Installing Krall in the top spot on the org chart maintains a strong sense of continuity, despite Williams’ departure. Krall and Williams worked together for 15 years in the Reds’ front office. Krall has been the GM for the past 3 seasons, helping to lead the charge in building a roster that returned the Reds to the postseason this year.
The Reds have a fair amount of money committed to their 2021 roster with Joey Votto, Mike Moustakas, Nicholas Castellanos, and Eugenio Suarez accounting for almost $64MM in 2021 payroll. The impending free agency of Trevor Bauer will be the first significant decision for the Reds under Krall’s leadership. Bauer went 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA/2.88 FIP to take home the NL ERA crown in 2020.
At first I thought the article said Nick Kroll, the comedian. That would have been quite the career change.
“Who’s that intelligent guy from The League.. Seems like he’s really good at fantasy football analysis, could he run our team?”
He did win a fantasy football league. So he has some qualifications for this job.
New Reds slogan…”Forever unclean!!”
If the Reds had hired John Mulaney, I would have switched my team allegiance.
Rays in 5
I thought Mark Duplass showed more front office potential on The League than Kroll did, but to each their own.
Whatever brings the Shiva!
I agree, and Kroll was the guy that pleasured himself based on his FFL roster admiration.
Thanks for reminding me that Duplas was the more balanced “lead” in the cast.
I incorrectly remembered it being Rannazzisi
Reports soon coming out of Cincinnati that the postgame meal spread is extremely tuna-heavy
Does anyone have strong familiarity with Krall and how he’s done with the Reds?
As a Reds fan he’s fine. Very aggressive which, considering payroll limitations, is a very good thing
Use the Bauer money to extend Castillo! Then maybe go after Didi?
not a bad idea, they have Antone and Lodolo arriving for pitching help, ntm Greene so I don’t see much point in acquiring another FA SP. I’d really like to see them make a serious offer to Brantley, forgive me if I’m wrong but he’s due to be a FA and I’m not sure what the scuttlebutt is on Houston keeping him.
Don’t forget they also said they were going to give Lorenzen a look after looking really good end of year in spot starts. Also Wade Miley will be healthy. Not counting on that just saying.
That’s kind of my thinking too. Lodolo and Greene will be league minimum for a while. I would really like to see Garcia workout at short but he’s not there yet. Stephenson is the catcher going forward with the infield and outfield locked up for the next few years if castellanos stays around. I’ll take Gray Castillo Mahle Greene Lodolo for the next few years until the Votto money comes off the books. Speaking of Votto, he has to move down in the order. He’s a 5 or 6 spot hitter. Still have Miley for another season too. Someone has to go to the pen but Lodolo and Greene need to be up next year.
One more thought. I don’t know Trevor Story’s contract situation but I’d like to make him the SS if I was running the show.
oh yeah, Votto should’ve been moved down a couple years ago. Also Shogo needs to bat leadoff in EVERY GAME, I don’t know wtf Bell was thinking nor have much confidence in his decision making, but that’s another discussion entirely.
I agree on Votto, he is a 6 or 7 hitter anymore. Bauer is gone, he’s going to want too much money, and rightfully so, he had a heck of a year. We can at least get a comp pick for him. Gray, Castillo, Mahle, Antone, Lorenzen, and Miley gives you 6 quality options, with 2 guys with # 1 potential.
Bauer is definitely gone. No way the Reds outbid larger market teams (which is ridiculous that small market teams are still penalized btw). They need some guys in that lineup that get on base. I will be looking at nothing but OBP this off-season.
Replace dumb Dick with a clown like this!! I hate the Reds ownership group more and more every day!!
Exactly, dumb and dumber. Trying to put together a team like my 13 year old son playing MLB the Show on PlayStation. Finding a young core of 4-5 position players who bond together, grow together, stay together (for at least 3-4 years) and believe in each other with a manager who believes in them even if it means some growing pains is the only way to go whether you have money or not (see Dodgers) Fill in the rest with some Vets with leadership skills and spend the money on pitching. This organizations absolute refusal to do this is mind-boggling. It’s all driveline and stats to these guys. Complete disregard for the human condition. That with the right chemistry and confidence the sum can become greater than the parts (see Rays). Nick Krall means another year of the same.