Reds insider: Sweet Lou would be a nice addition
Much hinges on new ownership
By John Fay
Enquirer staff writer
Now that we know Lou Piniella met with the Reds CEO-to-be, we can only guess what they talked about. It's safe to say Lou didn't come to Cincinnati to get Robert Castellini's tips on finding fresh cantaloupe in Tampa.
Piniella is basically a free agent and the biggest name available.
That doesn't mean Castellini wants him to manage. He could bring Piniella in as a consultant or special scout.
Piniella has been mentioned for the Los Angeles Dodgers manager job. But he doesn't seem in a rush to get a job. He just recently negotiated a buyout of his contract with the Tampa Bay Devils Rays.
"I haven't pressed anything. I'll be quite honest with you. I've talked to a couple teams, but I basically haven't pressed anything," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I was going to take it easy for a while. I wouldn't be in a hurry to do anything."
So perhaps a scouting/adviser gig would be appealing. He could work out of Tampa - and remain available if the New York Yankees job opens after next season.
The Piniella situation is like all things Reds these days: We'll know a lot more when Castellini and his partners officially take over.