Reds Farm Director Resigns




Johnny Almaraz, the Reds farm director and director of international scouting operations, resigned after 17 years with the organization.

Almaraz did not give a reason for his resignation, but he is the second veteran Reds official to resign in the past two weeks. Longtime scout Larry Barton Jr. stepped down from his role as special assistant to the general manager last week after 38 seasons with the Reds.  Barton told the Dayton Daily News his resignation was because new GM Wayne Krivsky had reduced his role in giving input on team decisions. At the time Almaraz also said that Krivsky did not solicit his input.

"I'm not included in any of the discussions and, in fact, when I walked into the suite during the winter meetings Wayne and his people would lower their voices to a whisper or take their discussions into the bedroom," Almaraz told the Dayton Daily News.

Almaraz signed Adam Dunn, among others, during his time as a scout for the Reds, but his biggest impact with the team was in serving as director of international operations. He played a large role in setting up team academies in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

Krivsky promoted Almaraz to director of player development in February shortly after he was hired as GM.

"In the 10 months since I've become general manager, I have had the opportunity to work with Johnny and I'm proud of what we have accomplished with our player development system. We enjoyed a successful 2006 minor league season due in large part to Johnny's direction and leadership," Krivsky said in a joint press release that the Reds issued on Wednesday.

"It's been a great 17 years as part of one of the best organizations in major league baseball," Almaraz said in the same release. "Over the years, I've developed great relationships with Lois Hudson, Wilma Mann, Gene Bennett and so many others affiliated with the Reds. They will be dearly missed as I pursue other avenues. I'd like to thank Bob Castellini for his kindness and generosity, which my family and I will always appreciate. I'd also like to thank Wayne Krivsky, John Allen and the entire Reds organization and wish them continued success."