By John Manuel
February 17, 2006
It didn't take long for new Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky to overhaul his organization's front office.
The latest piece was announced Thursday, as Krivsky hired Chris Buckley as the Reds' senior director of scouting. Terry Reynolds, who ran the last two drafts for the club, remains scouting director but reports to Buckley.
Buckley spent 17 seasons with the Blue Jays organization, including three as scouting director (2001-2003). Buckley's first-round picks–Gabe Gross, Russ Adams and Aaron Hill—all reached the major leagues, and the three drafts have produced nine big league players so far.
"Wayne and I have had a real good professional relationship over the years," said Buckley, who left the Blue Jays organization in January to take a position with the Cubs and his former boss in Toronto, scouting director Tim Wilken. "It was tough to leave Tim and (Cubs GM) Jim Hendry, but Wayne and I have a very similar vision.
"Those of us in the old guard in Toronto had a very healthy respect for the Twins and the Braves and the way they operated, and the Twins are going to be Wayne's model. Cincinnati is a similar market . . . and there's nothing wrong with players like Jay Bruce and Homer Bailey either. Terry's done a nice job here."
Buckley joins a reshuffled, restocked front office. Krivsky installed Johnny Almaraz as the Reds' new farm director in addition to his previous duties as director of international scouting and player development. Farm director Tim Naehing was reassigned as the field coordinator, as Krivsky said he wanted someone with a player-evaluation/scouting background as the farm director. He also brought aboard Bob Miller, formerly the assistant GM in Arizona, as director of baseball operations and Scott Nethery as a special assistant to the GM. Nethery, formerly of the Mets and Braves organizations, likely will have a strong hand in the Reds' professional scouting.
“After the initial disappointment, Terry’s handled it in a class way,” Krivsky told the Cincinnati Post. “I just felt like I wanted to tap into Chris and his network. Terry’s been great, and he and Chris are going to work well together.
“To me, he’s got an innate ability to pick ’em and real good instincts about scouting."