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Reds and GM Walt Jocketty agree to three-year extension

Sep 23, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

Walt Jocketty AP

Walt Jocketty declined to talk about his contract status last week, but today the 60-year-old general manager agreed to a three-year extension with the Reds that runs through 2014.

Jocketty originally joined the Reds as a special advisor to then-GM Wayne Krivsky in early 2008 and then took over the GM role when Krivsky was fired a short time later.

Mark Sheldon of notes that the Reds are slightly below .500 (319-323) since Jocketty took over, including a disappointing 76-80 mark this year, but Cincinnati made the playoffs last season for the first time since 1995 and Jocketty was named Sporting News executive of the year.

He was previously GM of the Cardinals from 1995-2007, during which time St. Louis made seven trips to the playoffs and had just three losing records.

Jocketty won’t have a ton of payroll room to work with this offseason and signing Brandon Phillips to a long-term deal may prove difficult, but the Reds are certainly well positioned for contention in 2012.

  1. dailyrev - Sep 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Oh good, this means the Cubs haven’t thrown out my resume yet….

  2. - Sep 23, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Serious Question for Cardinal Fans. Why did he leave StL, and do you miss him?

    • paperlions - Sep 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      He left as a result of disagreements about the restructuring of the organization. The Cardinal farm system was crap for about a decade, producing pretty much nothing aside from Pujols (blind squirrel finding a nut). Ownership decided to take draft and player development oversight away from Jocketty and put Jeff Lunhow in charge of that area. Of course, this both pissed of Jocketty and has led to a much improved farm system that is just now starting to see the fruits of those investments (at least, the fruits they haven’t traded away for veteran help).

      There have been subsequent power struggles within the organization, but those have had nothing to do with Jocketty; rather, the occurred because when he was fired there was competition for the owner’s ear, which before was Jocketty’s.

      No. I don’t miss him. He refused to change with the times and was using an out-dated model that hampers competitive ability in the new economic structure of baseball. He pretty much knows one way to build a team, and if you don’t have a large payroll, his typical approach isn’t successful. IMO, he is getting credit for the Cinci players catching lightning in a bottle in 2010, even though he had little to do with that roster composition. If I was a Red’s fan, I would not be happy at all about the handling of the Alonso and Chapman situations so far….as a Cardinal fan, I am perfectly content with how those things have worked out.

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