Cincinnati Reds: 3 things Nick Krall must do first in his new role

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 22: General manager Nick Krall speaks after David Bell was introduced as the new manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 22: General manager Nick Krall speaks after David Bell was introduced as the new manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell (25), left, talks with general manager Nick Krall
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell (25), left, talks with general manager Nick Krall, right, Cincinnati Reds pitchers and catchers work out, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the Cincinnati Reds spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona.Cincinnati Reds Spring Training 2 15 2019 /

Nick Krall will have a full plate this winter as the new head of Reds front office.

Nick Krall received a promotion, sort of, on Monday. The Cincinnati Reds Vice President and General Manager will maintain his title, but be given more responsibility. Krall will now report directly to owner Bob Castellini and will run the baseball operations-side of the club going forward. Up until a couple weeks ago, Krall reported to the recently departed Dick Williams.

Is Krall the right man for the job? That remains to be seen. Obviously Castellini thinks so. Krall has been with the organization since 2003 and was hired to oversea the team’s scouting department. Krall has steadily rose up through the ranks of the Reds front office, was promoted to Senior Director of Baseball Operations back in 2013, and finally GM back in 2018.

Krall has been integral over the past few seasons in getting deals done behind the scenes. The 42-year-old has been instrumental in the trades that brought Yasiel Puig, Sonny Gray and Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati. He was also very involved in the signings of Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos and Shogo Akiyama this past offseason.

Now, as the head of the Reds baseball operations, Nick Krall will be out in front. This offseason represents a chance for Cincinnati to enhance their roster following the dismal showing in 2020 which saw the team make a first-round exit at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. What are the top three priorities for Krall this winter?