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01/27/06 10:19 PM ET
Reds reveal list of GM candidates
Names include four from inside the Cincinnati organization
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- A list of six candidates that will interview for the vacant Reds general manager's job was revealed Friday. In contention are a number of people from inside the organization, including interim GM and baseball operations director Brad Kullman, director of international scouting Johnny Almaraz, special assistant to the GM Leland Maddox, and special advisor Jim Beattie. Cardinals assistant GM John Mozeliak joined Twins assistant GM Wayne Krivsky as a candidate from outside the organization. Krivsky's name was announced Thursday. "As I look at this, there are many different parallels between St. Louis and Cincinnati," Mozeliak said by phone from St. Louis Friday night. "First and foremost, I'm flattered to be considered." The club could reveal a few more contenders on Monday. Interviews are scheduled to begin next week, with the process of selection taking up to four weeks. All are trying to be the one that replaces former GM Dan O'Brien, who was dismissed Monday after two seasons on the job in new owner/chief executive officer Bob Castellini's first major decision. Kullman, who was given the job on an interim basis Monday, is a 12-year veteran of the Reds organization and worked as an assistant GM to former GM Jim Bowden from 2002-03. After Bowden was dismissed in July 2003, Kullman and Maddox served as co-interim GMs and ran the baseball operations together. Maddox has spent 17 years in pro baseball, eight with the Reds. He served as director of scouting for two seasons and became a special assistant to the GM in late 2003. Almaraz has been part of the Cincinnati organization in some capacity for 16 years and became director of international scouting in 2003 after he developed Latin American academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. He is also responsible for signing current Reds players Adam Dunn and Jason LaRue. Beattie was brought in on Tuesday by Castellini to evaluate the organization's pitching program from top to bottom. He held the GM job with the Expos from 1995-2001, and was a co-GM and executive vice president with the Orioles from 2003-05 before being relieved of his duties. "I'd know we're both straight-shooters," Beattie said of his and Castellini's style of managing earlier this week. "He knows what he wants to do." Krivsky, who lost out on the job to O'Brien in 2003, has been Minnesota's assistant GM since 1994. He's that organization's top National League scout as well. "It's a different owner and a different time, but I'm just flattered they want to talk again," Krivsky said Thursday. Castellini and partners Joe and Tom Williams were minority partners in the Cardinals from 1996 until they bought the Reds. They are already acquainted with Mozeliak, who joined the St. Louis organization in 1995 and previously worked for the Rockies. Working under longtime Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty, the 37-year-old Mozeliak became director of baseball operations in 2001, and added scouting director to his current title after the 2003 season. "I'd like to think I recognize relationships and allow people to do their jobs," Mozeliak said of his management style. "We determine a strategy and stick to it, and then maintain a structure to be successful." Whoever gets the job will have a unique situation to begin with. The opening of Spring Training is less than three weeks away. "It's different that you're entering a season that's already starting, and the offseason has gone by," said Mozeliak, whose wife hails from Cincinnati. "You look for opportunities to improve, and you have to be creative."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.