Farrell’s hiring give another hard spin to the rumor mill surrounding Reds current manager Bryan Price. Price is rumored to be on the hot seat if the team doesn’t show improvement early in the season. Potential replacements for Price are Delino DeShields, the former Dayton Dragons manager who managed in AA Pensacola for the Reds and AAA Louisville. He’s currently a roving instructor, a position that would allow him to move into a manager role without having a domino affect across the organization.
Barry Larkin is also a favorite for the job. Larkin has been an instructor and assistant to the general manager after leaving ESPN. The Hall of Famer shortstop led the Reds to a World Series title in 1990, and is a favorite of longtime Reds fans and, according to reports, owner Bob Castellini to take over the position if Price leaves or is fired.