The Cincinnati Reds have hired former Mariners GM Bill Bavasi. The Reds send out this release this afternoon.
BILL BAVASI JOINS REDS’ FRONT OFFICE
Named Special Assistant to Walt Jocketty
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the hiring of former Anaheim Angels and Seattle Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi as a special assistant.
Bavasi, 50, will advise and assist Jocketty in matters related to the front office, Major League field and support personnel and scouting.
“We’re excited Bill has joined our organization,” Jocketty said. “Over his career of more than 30 years, he has worked in almost every facet of baseball operations. We will benefit from his experience and insights.”
Bavasi was the vice president/general manager for the Angels from 1994-99 and executive vice president and general manager of baseball operations for the Mariners from November 7, 2003 through June 15 of this season.
Bavasi began his professional baseball career in 1974 with the San Diego Padres. He was named Angels general manager after 14 years in their player development department and helped lay the groundwork for that club’s 2002 World Series championship. He spent the 2002-03 seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ director of player development before he was hired by the Mariners as their GM in November 2003.
His father, Buzzie Bavasi, was general manager of the Angels and the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers and president of the Padres. His brother, Peter, was general manager of the Padres, founding president of the Toronto Blue Jays and president of the Cleveland Indians.