Reds narrow GM search
The Reds expect to have a new general manager in place by Friday.

Whom that will be remains unknown. The original list of nine candidates has been trimmed to a select few who will be called back for a second interview.

Reds chief executive officer Bob Castellini was asked today how many names are on the list.

Its somewhere in the neighborhood (of two or three), Castellini said.

Wayne Krivsky, the Minnesota assistant general manager, and Jim Beattie, a Reds special advisor, are likely among the finalists. Both declined comment today.

Im going to let it come from (chief operating officer) John Allen, Krivsky said. Hes scheduling things.

Allen did not return a call this afternoon.

Krivsky was the choice of nearly everyone in the organization in 2003, when Dan OBrien got the job. Then-CEO Carl Lindner overruled his front office people and hired OBrien.

One candidate who wont be on the list of finalists is Philadelphia assistant GM Mike Arbuckle.

They called me and said they were going in a different direction, Arbuckle said this afternoon.

Two other candidates Atlanta assistant GM Frank Wren and Reds director of international scouting and player development Johnny Almaraz said they had not heard anything from the club since their interviews.

Other candidates:

Brad Kullman, the Reds interim GM

Leland Maddox, a Reds scout and former scouting director.

David Wilder, Chicago White Sox assistant GM.

John Mozeliak, St. Louis assistant GM.

Calls to Kullman, Maddox, Wilder and Mozeliak were not returned this afternoon.

Castellini said hes confident the Reds will get a good GM.

We felt like we had the best people available in, he said. We were very impressed with the candidates.