Reds news and notes
I’ve got a quick smattering of Reds items for you on this Thursday evening….
*Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has yet to hire former Padres and D-backs GM Kevin Towers to his front office. Buster Olney of ESPN reported that Towers’ hiring was likely. He and Jocketty are good friends.
“Not yet, no. We’ve talked about it but nothing has been done,” Jocketty said from Arizona. “He still has a year left on his contract. He wants to take some time and figure out what he wants to do.”
*Cuban signing and RHP Raisel Iglesias is no longer going to pitch winter ball in Puerto Rico. After two scoreless outings in the Arizona Fall League, Iglesias will remain in the desert.
“We’ve had a change of plans there,” Jocketty said. “It’s easier to manage his workload here than it is over there. That’s what we’re most concerned with.”
*The Reds have made no progress on hiring a new third base coach to replace Steve Smith on manager Bryan Price’s staff.
“Bryan took some time off and I’m going to get with him the next week or so and hopefully work on that a little more. We’re not really in a big rush,” Jocketty said.
It does not appear that former third base coach Mark Berry will be a candidate for his old job. Berry battled throat cancer during the 2013 season.
“I don’t think so,” Jocketty said. “Bryan has talked to him and I don’t think he has interest in doing that.”