Price is expected to be announced as the new skipper in a press conference with GM Walt Jocketty on Tuesday according to several sources. The Baker era ended after another early exit from the postseason and once the announcement was made, Price and Louisville Bats coach Jim Riggleman were considered the leading in house candidates.
Since joining the Reds in 2010, the Reds pitching staff has become one of the top rotations in the National League that threw five complete games and 17 shutouts. Four of the five starters finished with at least 11 wins, with Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, and Mike Leake each winning 14 this season.
Price has never been the head man after stints with Seattle (2000-2005) and Arizona (2006-2009) as a pitching coach. His named had come up as a possible candidate to fill the Mariners need after Eric Wedge resigned. That Mariners position is one of four still left vacant along with the Nationals, Cubs, and most recently the Tigers after longtime manger Jim Leyland resigned Monday.
With a new manager crossed off the to-do list, Jocketty can now move his focus on what to do with free agents Shin-Soo Choo and Arroyo. Choo provided the Reds a spark at the top of the order, which is why he was traded to Cincinnati by Cleveland for Drew Stubbs. Arroyo turns 37 next February, but is an innings eater, pitching at least 199 innings in nine straight seasons.