4:00 PM: It is now offical: the Cincinnati Reds are bringing back manager Bryan Price for the 2016 season, as general manager Walt Jocketty made the announcement.
2:00 PM: The Reds have decided to bring manager Bryan Price back for the third and final year of his contract in 2016, albeit without an extension, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The report confirms one Tuesday by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that said the embattled skipper may be asked back if he supports changes to his coaching staff.
A witches' brew of bad deals, bad injuries and bad performances combined with Price's own bad behavior toward the media and questionable moves on the field have made for a season of historically nightmare proportions for the storied franchise.
Facing its first last-place finish in 32 years and third-worst finish since 1900, the team is currently mired in a 13-game losing streak -- its longest since 1945 -- and has started nothing but rookies in the rotation for 58 straight games. At 63-97, the team is 37 games back in the NL Central and tied for the most losses in the major leagues.
While Price has been, at best, an unsteady hand on the tiller in rough seas, the storm itself has hardly been his fault. Trades that sent talents like Johnny Cueto, Marlon Byrd and Mike Leake elsewhere and trips to the disabled list by Devin Mesoraco, Homer Bailey, Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart have shredded the lineup card.
Price was promoted from pitching coach when manager Dusty Baker was fired in 2013. He has never previously managed or pitched in the major leagues.