Multiple media outlets are reporting that Bryan Price and the Reds are set to name Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell as the new bench coach in Cincinnati.
The 47-year-old formerly played parts of 18 seasons with the likes of the Indians, Pirates, Royals, Diamondbacks, and Mets, before becoming a coach. As a player, Bell was a two-time All-Star, a World Series champion (2001), and the winner of a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at shortstop in 1993.
In 2005 and 2006, he spent time in Arizona as their bench coach, before leaving the team to spend more time with his family. He has since served as a spring training advisor for the Diamonbacks and most recently the hitting coach for the Pirates. It should be noted that Price served as pitching coach in Arizona around the same time Bell held his advising position.
Bell's hiring probably spells the end of the line for old bench coach Chris Speier, who was considered to be Dusty Baker's right hand man during his tenure with the Reds, and now Speier finds himself on the outside looking in.
Expect more coaching announcements to come in the near future.