On the manager front
I told been told this much on the manager front: The Reds have made at least preliminary contact with Joe Girardi. Bob Brenly is on their list but he has not been contacted.
As Bob Castellini said on FSN money is not going to eliminate anyone from the the list. Obviously, the list could expand after the season when the really big names come available.
Brenly, two firsts and a third in his three full seasons in Arizona, is very intriguing -- to say the least. His Ohio ties give the Reds an in.