MLB notebook: Reds GM says Baker will return
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty quickly put to rest any speculation that he might be looking to change managers after his team's late-season collapse.
Cincinnati's season ended with a 6-2 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday in the National League wild-card game. That followed a five-game losing streak to end the regular season.
But when asked if he would think about firing manager Dusty Baker, Jocketty said: “I don't think so. He's signed for another year.”
The Reds qualified for the postseason for the third time in the last four seasons. But they were eliminated in the NL Division Series in 2010 and '12.
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— Wire reports