Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds rumors: Walt Jocketty expected to return as general manager

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The Cincinnati Reds have a general manager in his final season in Walt Jocketty.

His history with former St. Louis Cardinals’ manager and current Arizona Diamondbacks’ team president Tony La Russa created some doubt about that fact. Speculation buzzed that Jocketty might catch on with La Russa as the man to take over the rebuilding process for the Diamondbacks.

Indications are that Jocketty will be back in Cincinnati. Ken Rosenthal reports the following:

Forget about the possibility of a Tony La Russa-Walt Jocketty reunion in Arizona.

Jocketty, completing the final year of his contract with the Reds, is expected to remain the team’s general manager, according to major-league sources.

It’s not as if Jocketty’s job security would be in jeopardy based on the current construction of their roster. 2014 has been a disappointment for the Reds, but that has been thanks in large part to injuries. Even with a depleted roster, the Reds still managed to hang around the fringes of playoff contention well into the middle of the summer.

As for the Diamondbacks, La Russa will have to look to other, perhaps less familiar options. The futures of general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson are both yet to be decided, with grumblings that Gibson will actually be back next season.

Jocketty has been general manager of the Reds since 2008. Prior to that, he was the man in charge of the Cardinals for 13 seasons. The Reds currently sit with a 61-68 record, eight games out of one of the wild card spots in the National League.

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