The Cincinnati Reds had some big news break right before the start of their final series of the regular season. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel reported the news that Nick Krall has been promoted from General Manager to President of Baseball Operations. Taking over for Krall at the General Manager position will be Brad Meador.
This set of moves is simply another set of internal promotions from the Reds organization. Krall, who was already the top decision maker in the organization among non-ownership, remains so. He just gets a new, fancier title (and perhaps a few new and different responsibilities), moving up from Vice President, General Manager to President of Baseball Operations – a title that didn’t exist for a few years after Dick Williams left the organization.
Nick Krall is in his 21st season with the Reds. He joined the organization in 2003 in the scouting department and he’s worked his way up the chain ever since. In 2018 he was named as the team’s General Manager when Dick Williams was promoted to the President of Baseball Operations. He remained in that role even after William’s departed the sport, but now he’s moving up to that role. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic is also reporting that this promotion for Krall comes along with a contract extension (no length or salary was disclosed).
Brad Meador has been with the organization for 14 seasons. He joined Cincinnati in 2009 as an area scouting supervisor after being the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Cincinnati for a decade. Meador worked his way up from being the scouting supervisor to the amateur scouting director (the guy who runs the draft for the club – and Meador handled the 2019, 2020, and 2021 drafts for the Reds), before being promoted to the Vice President/Assistant General Manager three years ago. He’d remained in that role until today when he was promoted to Vice President/General Manager.