The Cincinnati Reds announced this morning that General Manager Nick Krall will be the head figure of the organization’s baseball operations department. When Dick Williams resigned as the Reds President of Baseball Operations earlier this month, it wasn’t entirely clear if Cincinnati would replace his role in the organization or not. Today we learned that they will not – at least in title.
Nick Krall took over as General Manager of the Reds three years ago when Williams assumed the role as President of Baseball Operations (there was a time when Williams held both titles). He had previously been an assistant General Manager with the Reds, and has been with the organization since 2003.
Here’s the statement put out by the Reds on the announcement:
The Cincinnati Reds today announced that Vice President, General Manager Nick Krall will head the tam’s baseball operations department.
Krall will assume the duties previously held by President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams, who resigned on October 7.
“We are excited for Nick to assume the lead over our baseball operations,” said Reds CEO Bob Castellini. “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.”
Krall spent 15 years working alongside Williams, including the last 3 seasons as general manager. HE is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day Major League opteraions, including administration, arbitration, contract negotiations, rules and waivers compliance and player acquisitions while overseeing the Reds’ scouting, analytics and player development departments.
The 2021 season will be Krall’s 19th in the organization. He was hired by the Reds in 2003 to oversee the team’s advance scouting preparation. In 2008, he was promoted to Assistant Director of Baseball Operations, a position he held until 2013, when he was promoted to Director of Baseball Operations. In 2014, Krall became Senior Director of Baseball Operations and served in that capacity until he was promoted to Assistant GM in November 2015.
During the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Krall worked for the Oakland Athletics in various departments, including baseball operations. He joined the A’s after an internship with the New Jersey Cardinals of the New York-Penn League.
This move, announcement, whatever you’d like to call it goes back a few years and basically gets back to what used to be the role of the General Manager in baseball. At one point the General Manager was the top baseball decision maker in the organization, and it was that way for a very long time. Only recently have we seen more teams bring on a President of Baseball Operations to oversee things in more of a “long term planning” role, taking away a few of the responsibilities that had long been held by the General Manager.
This move, hopefully, gets Nick Krall a raise. It’s more responsibility, so it should certainly warrant one. But this move also eliminates a high paying position in the front office and by not keeping that job around, it’s saving the Reds some money.
As noted in the press release, by making Nick Krall the top decision maker in the baseball operations department, the team is going to continue along the path that had already been set. Bringing in someone new to replace Williams could have altered the long term plan that had been in place. Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with that – if the plan would have been better, that would have been a good thing. This move, though, keeps whatever the plan was, at least for the most part, in line (it seems unlikely that Krall has wildly different ideas than what Williams had for the organization).