Reds promote Nick Krall to general manager

Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez watches an RBI single off New York Mets relief pitcher Hansel Robles during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Cincinnati Reds promoted Nick Krall to general manager on Thursday, giving him more responsibilities as the team tries to emerge from a major rebuild.

Krall has been an assistant to Dick Williams, who will remain president of baseball operations and oversee the department. Krall has been part of the Reds organization for 16 years, starting as director of the team’s advance scouting preparation.

Williams moved into the GM role after Walt Jocketty retired following the 2016 season. Jocketty remains an executive adviser to the Reds.

The Reds fired manager Bryan Price after a 3-15 start. They’re off to one of the worst starts in franchise history. Williams said during a conference call Thursday that Krall will move into an expanded role as the team tries to turn back into a contender.

”We’re going through a busy time here in the middle of a rebuilding process, and it’s been all hands on deck here,” Williams said. ”This year with all the activity around the major league team and behind the scenes, it made sense to transition to this structure.”

Cincinnati has lost at least 94 games each of the past three seasons, finishing last in the NL Central. The Reds had the NL’s worst record at 10-27 heading into the start of a four-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Thursday.

”We’ve been through some ups and downs and are looking forward to getting back very shortly to the ups,” Krall said. ”I believe we’re heading on the right track, hopefully getting there sooner rather than later.”

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