Twins' Krivsky becomes Reds GM

Twins' Krivsky becomes Reds GM

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two years ago, it looked like assistant general manager Wayne Krivsky might leave the Twins to become the Reds' general manager.

He may not have been chosen for the role the first time around but on Wednesday, Krivsky finally got his chance at the job. After a two-week search for a new GM, the Reds signed Krivsky to a two-year contract through the 2007 season to make him the organization's 17th general manager.

A finalist for the Reds GM job prior to the 2004 season, Krivsky was passed over by Cincinnati for Dan O'Brien. O'Brien was fired by the Reds' new owner, Bob Castellini, on Jan. 24. The new owner then sought out Krivsky as one of the club's first candidates for the general manager position.

"It's been an emotional day for me," Krivsky said. "I'm excited, but at the same time I know I'm leaving one of the best organizations in baseball."

Krivsky, 51, joined the Twins organization in 1994 and has been an assistant general manager since 1998. Over the 12 years he spent with the club, he had become one of the most trusted advisors for Twins GM Terry Ryan.

Losing the man who helped with so many of the contract negotiations and final decisions will be an adjustment for Ryan and his staff, but one that they seem happy to make, considering the circumstances.

"We lose a lot with him leaving and we're going to miss him," Ryan said. "But I'm very happy for Wayne and his wife, Linda. This is something that he's wanted for a long time, and I think he'll be a good fit for them in Cincinnati."

The 2006 season will be the 30th year that Krivsky has been a member of a baseball front office staff. Along with negotiating contracts and consulting on trades, Krivsky also was the chief scout of the National League for the Twins. His familiarity with the National League combined with the knowledge he gained about the Reds during his first attempt at the job makes Ryan believe that it's a perfect fit for Krivsky.

"He's as prepared as anybody could be to take over the job," Ryan said. "He knows the club quite well and he knows the staff he's going to work with. He's a great baseball man who I think is going to help that organization return to its glory days."

While Krivsky had a lot of people to thank in his press conference, none received more praise than Ryan himself.

"Terry Ryan has been a tremendous mentor for me and I wouldn't be here today without him," Krivsky said. "I learned a lot going to work for a guy of Terry's caliber, with his unparalleled work ethic. My job now is to do the same with this club as Terry has done with the Twins."

Though the loss of Krivsky's presence will be felt immediately, the Twins don't feel it's necessary to fill his spot right away. Ryan said he began thinking about what steps the club would take when Krivsky was being seriously considered for the position again, and found that there is no need to rush to find a replacement.

"Most of our work is done, with us getting ready to head to Spring Training," Ryan said. "We'll sort through everything and in time, we will fill the spot."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.