The Cincinnati Reds fired manager Dusty Baker Friday morning after another failed postseason run. This time, the Reds were run out of town by the Pittsburgh Pirates and sent packing in the NL Wild Card game. This marked the third time in four years that the team has failed to get anywhere beyond the NLDS.
Someone who could be hot on the Reds’ radar is New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Although previously linked to the Chicago Cubs, there is no doubt that there are going to be other teams that are in need of a manager that gunning for Girardi.
He is the best manager that may or may not be on the market heading into the offseason. He is expected to command at the most $6 million, which would make him the highest-paid manager in baseball.
The Reds need someone like Girardi to lead a team. Cincinnati has the players to do it all, but it does not seem like Baker’s message to his team was getting through to the guys in the clubhouse. Disappointment was seen when the Reds lost a two-game lead to the San Francisco Giants in 2012 and lost the NLDS and in 2010 when they was swept by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Girardi took the Yankees to the brink of the postseason with one of the worst teams that has taken the Yankee Stadium field in some time. New York put together 85 wins, and the skipper was able to keep the guys focused in the locker room all the way up to the last minutes of the season. New York was not even supposed to come close.
Girardi is the man that everyone covets, but according to media reports, Bryan Price or Jim Riggleman could also be in line for the Reds’ job.