The Reds announced that they've made some front office changes today, as Dick Williams, formerly Cincinnati's AGM, will now take over as the GM.
Dick Williams has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Manager. He will assume those duties immediately...— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) November 4, 2015
...Walt Jocketty will remain the Reds' President of Baseball Operations and will continue to oversee the department...— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) November 4, 2015
"Williams, 44, joined the Reds' baseball operations department following the 2005 season and since then has been involved in every aspect of that department. He served the organization as Director of Baseball Business Operations and Vice President of Baseball Operations before he became Vice President, Assistant General Manager in November of last year".
Williams has a tough task ahead of him, as the Reds have had two losing seasons in a row, and have many holes to fill. While Bob Castellini, Cincinnati's CEO, praised Walt Jocketty for putting together "championship-caliber teams" the Reds were plagued by inconsistency under his leadership. After being named the GM in 2008, the Reds went 649-647, and in 2015 produced their worst season since 1982.
Jocketty will remain in charge of baseball decisions, but it appears as if 2016 will be a transitional year, and that Williams will assume full responsibility in 2017.
#Reds Jocketty said this year is his last year making the calls, will be an advisor after this year— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 4, 2015