Originally Posted by mth123
This almost sounds like Walt is lining up a succession plan. I'm guessing Dusty is gone after 2012 unless the team goes deep into the post-season. Price or David Bell are the prime guys in line as replacements with Jenkins serving as Price understudy for pitching coach should Price get promoted or be gone too.
Maybe with 2013 looking tight financially, the Reds want out from under the $4 Million or so that Dusty would command and will go with a first time manager who can be paid $1 Million or less.
I think folks are reading far too much into the simple hiring of Mack Jenkins as assistant pitching coach.
It should be obvious that Walt's prime focus since last season has been on fixing the pitching staff. Trades for Latos. Trades for Marshall. Tells Fay next up is either to sign Cordero or add another reliever. LF has to wait for all that.
Walt obviously has concluded that the pitching staff is the team's main concern and probably determined that an additional guy on the coaching staff devoted to pitching made sense and would help.
I wouldn't read too much more into it.