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Walt Jocketty to Remain with Cincinnati Reds Next Season

August 24th, 2014 at 11:49 AM
By Cody Dalga

With Tony La Russa taking over the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, there was some speculation as to whether Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty would jump ship and make his way out west.

Per Ken Rosenthall of FOXsports.com, Jocketty is expected to remain with the club through at least next season.

Jocketty has been with the Reds since 2008. He was hired on board in January as a Special Advisor and was later named as the teams general manager in April of that year after Wayne Krivsky was fired. In 2010, he was named as the Sporting News Executive of the Year.

Prior to his stint with the Reds, Jocketty had been the general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals since October of 1994. He played an important role in bringing La Russa on as manager. The team was successful throughout his tenure winning seven National League Central Division Championships, including six during a seven year span. They also were National League Champions twice and won the World Series in 2006.

The Reds are currently struggling through one of the worst rough patches they have had thus far. They ended a seven game skid Saturday evening with a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. However, throughout the losing streak, the Reds fell to 61-68 and dropped to 10 and a half games back from the NL Central leader Milwaukee Brewers and fell considerably in the playoff race.

The 63-year old general manager will have a big offseason ahead of him. Other than Homer Bailey, the rest of the Red starting pitchers are eligible for free agency. It's expected that one of the pitchers will most likely be dealt this winter. There is also the topic of Joey Votto and his health but that will most likely be dealt with at a later date.

The Reds will look to take the rubber match against the Braves Sunday afternoon.

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