Re: Possible Managerial Candidates
I think any manager in baseball would jump at the chance to manage a young team loaded with talent like the Reds. If Dusty doesn't return, this job would be the most desirable opening in the league for potential candidates. This team is a manager's dream.
Dave Martinez and John Farrell would be the best candidates. Martinez is probably the top choice for every team in the league with an opening. He has thus far declined to even interview for most jobs the last couple years because he is waiting for the perfect opportunity. Jim Tracy would be near the top of my list if we can't get Martinez or Farrell.
I wouldn't consider Bryan Price because that would be enacting the Peter Principle (people who are great at a job get promoted repeatedly until they reach a job they are not so good at, then they stay there a long time. Don't do that! Keep them where they excel and pay them accordingly). Bryan Price is a great pitching coach, which is why he should stay as a pitching coach. Make him the highest paid pitching coach in the league and do whatever it takes to keep him here in Cincinnati. As I have said elsewhere, locking up Price to a long term contract should be the Reds' highest priority this offseason -- it is that important.