The Cincinnati Reds recently announced a slate of personnel decisions, including the promotion of Dick Williams to president of baseball operations.
Williams, who was named the Reds general manager in November 2015, will assume a broader role with the franchise. This comes as the Reds announce that Walt Jocketty, formerly the team’s GM, will move into an advisory role to CEO Bob Castellini. Jocketty was most recently the president of baseball operations.
Both Williams and Jocketty have long track records with the organization. Williams joined the Reds in 2006, when they were purchased by an ownership group that included Castellini. Prior to taking over as general manager, he served as the director of baseball business operations, and then the vice president and assistant general manager.
Jocketty, meanwhile, has been in Cincinnati since 2008. He first joined the organization as a special advisor, before moving into the president of baseball operations and GM manager role in April of that year.
On the field, the Reds are going through something of a transition. The team’s 68-94 record marked its third consecutive losing season, and the team has traded many veteran players over the last few years. However, the club bounced back from an atrocious first half last year to go 36-37 after the All-Star Break. That, combined with a crop of promising young players approaching the majors, perhaps gives the Reds hope that things will turn around sooner rather than later.
The promotion of Williams coincided with a slew of personnel decisions and title changes across various operations departments, including scouting, player development, and media relations. Cincinnati.com has a full listing of those decisions.