Assistant GM leaving Reds

Reds assistant general manager Bob Miller will be leaving the club in October when his contract expires.

Miller, who confirmed the move to, has purchased a business in Clearwater, Fla. He said he made the decision to leave a couple of months ago.

Former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky brought Miller aboard as director of baseball administration and he was promoted to assistant GM in June of that season. He added vice president to his title in December 2006.

Under current GM Walt Jocketty, Miller assisted in several areas — including arbitration cases, contract negotiations and the intricate details of Major League rules and procedures.

The Reds have not named a successor to Miller.


From Trade Rumors
Changes Coming To Reds’ Front Office
By Mark Polishuk [September 29, 2014 at 1:22pm CDT]
The Reds are prepared to “undergo an overhaul” to their front office, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link). Several changes are coming to the organization, the first of which is vice president and assistant GM Bob Miller leaving the team.
Miller’s departure seems to be an amicable one, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets that Miller is leaving to start his own business. Miller, who has been working in baseball for over 30 years, originally joined the Reds in 2006 as the director of baseball administration and was promoted to VP and assistant GM later in the year.
Whatever changes are coming to Cincinnati’s front office, they won’t involve the man in charge, Walt Jocketty. The general manager just signed a two-year extension to continue running the club through the 2016 season.
Appears more changes in the front office are on the horizon.

Odds to Win 2014 World Series
Detroit Tigers 9/2
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/2
Washington Nationals 9/2
Los Angeles Angels 5/1
Baltimore Orioles 7/1
St. Louis Cardinals 8/1
Oakland Athletics 12/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1
San Francisco Giants 14/1
Kansas City Royals 16/1
Odds to Win 2014 NL Pennant
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/5
Washington Nationals 9/5
St Louis Cardinals 7/2
Pittsburgh Pirates 7/1
San Francisco Giants 7/1
Odds to Win 2014 AL Pennant
Los Angeles Angels 2/1
Detroit Tigers 2/1
Baltimore Orioles 3/1
Oakland Athletics 6/1
Kansas City Royals

KC is 8/1

15 astute baseball executives, from clubs that didn’t make the postseason, were polled to see which teams they thought were about to play in the World Series, and which juggernaut they picked to win it. Well, here’s how they saw it:
National League Champ: Nationals (12 votes), Pirates (2), Dodgers (1)
American League Champ: Orioles (7), Angels (4), A’s (3), Tigers (1)
World Series winner: Nationals (11), Orioles (2), A’s (1), Dodgers (1)

Except from article written by Mark on…

Here is a look at where the Reds’ roster stands as the club heads off to the off-season:

Free agents: INF Jack Hannahan ($4 million club option for 2015 with a $2 million buyout); OF Ryan Ludwick ($9 million mutual option for 2015 with a $4.5 million buyout); Ramon Santiago

Arbitration-eligible: LHP Chapman (second year); SS Zack Cozart (first year); 3B Frazier (first year); OF Chris Heisey (third year); RHP Mat Latos (third year); RHP Mike Leake (third year); C Mesoraco (first year); RHP Logan Ondrusek (second year); RHP Alfredo Simon (third year)

Rotation: Starting pitching is the club’s best asset, and it could also be where it has the most coveted trade chips. Four of this season’s five starters — Cueto, Latos, Leake and Simon — are a year away from becoming free agents after 2015. Cueto has a relative bargain $10 million club option that will surely be exercised, but he could also bring a strong return. The other three pitchers are all third-year arbitration-eligible.

The Reds could sign Cueto or Latos to long-term deals, but probably not both after Homer Bailey signed for six years and $105 million in February. Bailey will be coming back from flexor mass tendon surgery in his right forearm. Lurking behind the main five is a curious name in Cuban defector Raisel Iglesias, who is on the 40-man roster and is being groomed as a starter. Prospects Robert Stephenson and Michael Lorenzen are probably another year away from being ready.

Bullpen: One of areas most in need of a makeover, the Reds had trouble bridging the gap from the starter to the back end of the bullpen and Chapman. No relievers struggled more than J.J. Hoover and Ondrusek — both were frequently beat up with hits and homers, while also struggling with location. Lefty Sean Marshall, who is owed $6.5 million next season, has pitched sparingly the last two seasons because of shoulder issues. There was a bright spot in 30-year-old rookie Jumbo Diaz, and Pedro Villarreal impressed the club in September. Chapman, who recovered quickly from a line drive to the face in Spring Training, remains one of the league’s most dominant closers.

Catcher: Mesoraco showed he was ready to be the everyday catcher, and he became a first-time All-Star with a strong offensive performance and improved defense. With more experience, he could become an elite catcher. Brayan Pena was a strong backup and worked well with Cueto on a near-regular basis. Prospect Tucker Barnhart got some big league exposure and is available for added depth when needed.

First base: The question isn’t whether the position belongs to Votto, because that will be a stone-cold lock for the next decade. It’s whether he’ll be healthy and able to return to the form that made him one of the game’s most successful hitters in 2010-11. The distal strain of his left quadriceps robbed Votto of leg strength, which he will need to get his power back and the ability to drive the baseball.

Second base: With three years and $39 million remaining on his contract and 10-and-5 rights that give him no-trade protection, Brandon Phillips isn’t expected to be going anywhere after being the No. 1 trade rumor on the club last winter. Many of Phillips’ offensive numbers have been in decline the past two seasons, and a torn left thumb ligament and a rush back from surgery did not help him in 2014.

Shortstop: Cozart played the best season of his career, defensively, and easily had his worst year offensively. Cozart could be a future Gold Glove Award winner, but his lack of hitting can only work in a lineup that is firing on all cylinders. When the offense is lacking like it really did this season, his struggles stood out more.

Third base: While earning his first All-Star nod, Frazier became a 20-20 guy in homers and steals, while stepping up in the void while the team’s key hitters either struggled or were hurt. Frazier also played strong defense at third base and should be a fixture for the immediate future.

Outfield: There is no doubt that Bruce will be hungry for redemption following the worst year of his career at the plate. With a chance to fully rehabilitate the left knee that underwent surgery in May, he should be 100 percent. Hamilton should be able to build from the rookie experience he gained, and he needs to improve at getting on base any way he can. Ludwick isn’t expected to be back, and Heisey did not thrive when again given the chance to take an everyday job. Skip Schumaker will be returning from left shoulder surgery. The bottom line is that left field is wide open and a place where Cincinnati can address its offensive shortcomings either via a trade (more likely) or free agency (less likely).

Hope the Reds can find a power hitting left fielder like they did 20 years ago–Kevin Mitchell and Ron Gant.

Two great pick-ups for the Reds, although short lived.
Gant picked up after being released from the Braves due to broken leg the season before while riding an ATV. Gant played in 1995 for the Reds; hitting 29 HR, 88 RBI with an incredible .386 OBP. By today’s measure he was an incredible bargain; playing the one year for $3.6m. Mitchell was also a find; playing two years for the Reds in 1993 (19 HR, 64 RBI) and 1994 (30 HR, 77 RBI). He also was an OBP magnet, hitting .385 and .429 OBP in subsequent years. He too was a find at $3.75m per year. In 1995 he played in Japan before returning to MLB. Two incredible batsmen.

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