Despite the limping finish from the 2014 iteration of the Cincinnati Reds, it appears that there won't be major changes at the top of the organization before next season begins.
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, both GM Walt Jocketty and manager Bryan Price will return to the club for the 2015 season, ending at least the little speculation over their respective job securities.
Despite the grumblings heard and felt around the Reds' fanbase, the decisions to bring back both Jocketty and Price were relative no-brainers given their relationship with the owners of the team and the injuries that set the club back in 2014. I'm not saying that they were obviously the correct decisions, I'm merely saying that when you take into account Bob Castellini's preferences and the depleted roster in 2015, it shouldn't come as any surprise that this core won't have changes at the top after the dismal season.
Jocketty, of course, has been operating in the final year of the 2-year contract extension he signed at the end of the 2012 season, and Price is wrapping up the first year of his managerial career after having served as the club's pitching coach for a handful of seasons under Dusty Baker. There's been no word if any staff changes will be made, but that's not at all uncommon even for winning teams. Jeff Pico, Don Long, and Jay Bell are each finishing up their first years with the club, too, as they were all brought in with Price following the departures of Baker & Chris Speier and Price's promotion.
With the burgeoning payroll and Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Alfredo Simon, and Aroldis Chapman each set to enter what may be their final years under Reds' control, there will be no shortage of vital decisions to be made by Reds' brass this winter. If Fay's source is correct, there will be continuity at the helm of the decision making for at least one more run in 2015.