The Reds have announced that Nick Krall, who has been with the organization since 2003, has been promoted to the position of General Manager. Krall’s promotion is effective immediately. Dick Williams will retain his position as President of Baseball Operations and oversee the club’s entire baseball operations department.

In making the announcement of Krall’s promotion Dick Williams said:

“Nick understands every aspect of our baseball operations. Increasing his authority within the organization will help expedite the implementation of the changes being made throughout our entire system, Moving forward, Nick will be more heavily involved in the decisions we need to make to improve our product on the field at both the Major League and minor league levels.”

Krall first came to the Reds in 2003 from the Oakland A’s organization to oversee the Reds advanced scouting department and has held several front office positions during his tenure with the team. Most recently he has been Assistant General Manager since 2015. According to the team in his duties as AGM Krall already did the following:

“….assisted Williams with all day-to-day Major League operations, including administration, arbitration, contract negotiations, rules and waivers compliance and player acquisitions. Krall also oversees the Reds’ Professional Scouting department and the Baseball Operations Intern program while working closely with the Amateur Scouting, Analyticsand Player Development departments.”

At this time no other background information is yet available to offer insight into motivation or timing behind this move.

21 Responses

  1. TurboBuckeye

    Hard to view this as anything other than DW getting some of his authority removed.

    • CaptainHook

      Except a lot of teams have done this exact model. It helps maintain personnel. Sort of like the various Assistant Head Coach type jobs in college football.

  2. Sabr Chris

    This is a nothing burger, over half the teams in league now employ a President of Baseball Operations and a General Manager. The only really question, does this move represent a continued move towards data driven management or a retreat to “old shool” philosophy.

  3. Aaron Bradley

    From what I understand Jocketty is a special advisor or some such nonsense… in other words he is semi-retired but refuses to get out of the way. Think Bob doesn’t fully trust the youngsters and still trusts his buddy Walt for advice. BUt I sincerely hope this move means Jocketty is involved less in personnel decisions.

  4. Carl Sayre

    He has been with.the organization during the free fall and they promote him to GM!!!!! I have always heard about being.promoted to the level of your ineptitude!!!!!!! The way I see this is BC surrounding himself with “YES MEN”!!!!

    • George

      When the Reds finish the year with less than 50 wins now they have a GM to fire who isn’t family. CYA!!!

    • Bill

      Someone once told me “to remain the smartest person in your organization, hire people dumber than you”.

      • Jim Walker

        Or work for “dumber” people but make them look good instead of showing them up if the job is what you want to be doing instead of greater responsibilities and headaches. Guess it is all in the vantage point of the beholder

    • gm3jones

      Isn’t that coined as “the peter principle”?

  5. George

    Gee, I didn’t hear a band playing. At least when they rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic+ they had a band!!! 🙂

  6. Mike Adams

    Political move.
    The Reds are playing so badly that after firing Price, the heat was rising to the front office.
    DW needed a scapegoat between him and lower levels so that if the year ends up as bad as it has been so far, there is someone else to blame.

  7. larry

    If this means that Jocketty has been shown the door, I’m for the changes!

  8. Sandman

    Makes me wonder if DW got tired of the criticism over some of his moves/signings and said, “the neck with it…let somebody else take all the crap”, lol!

  9. JR

    Who’s in charge? Who makes the trades? Who is accountable? This isn’t the Politburo in Moscow, it’s baseball.

  10. Jeff Reed

    I see this as Dick Williams occupying the corner office without Jocketty looking over his shoulder. Here’s hoping that Walt has been shown the door.

  11. Earmbrister

    My knee jerk reaction was also that this was done to retain Krall.

    Some of the negativity here is over the top.

    Exhale people, it’s May 10th.

    • Alex Whitehead

      I see what your saying I guess but it’s hard for me to accept teams are beating down the Reds door for their front office ppl. Just typing the words felt ridiculous.

  12. GreatRedLegsFan

    I hope Nick Krall has some advanced metrics approach to the game, he’s an LSU graduate, it feels like this organization is still working with an abacus.

  13. Scott Kelly

    This might be a great move. Or horrible, I do not know. But what concerns me is that this organization always promotes from within and never seems to go outside the box.