So, there continue to be reports that Reds pitching coach Bryan Price is a candidate for the vacant Miami Marlins managerial job.

I have a couple of thoughts about these rumors. First, I think Bryan Price would be an excellent manager. He’s certainly an incredible pitching coach, and I’ve heard nothing but high praise for him since Price’s days in Arizona and Seattle. Second, I’d love to see Price be the next manager of the Reds (assuming Barry Larkin isn’t available, of course). Fay’s Price’s work with Cincinnati’s pitching staff has been nothing short of brilliant, and he deserves a large share of the credit for the 97-win season in 2012.

John Fay has an update today, saying that Mike Redmond appears to be the leading candidate for the Marlins job, and that Price has signed a new contract with the Reds. Until the ink dries on a Miami contract naming someone else manager, however, I’ll likely be concerned. Bryan Price is a valuable asset, and I hope the Reds can retain his services.