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The Cincinnati Reds announced Bryan Price has agreed to a three-year contract to become the team's new manager.

The Reds fired manager Dusty Baker three days after they lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild-card game on Oct. 1. Cincinnati lost its final six regular-season games before the playoff defeat.

Baker was on the job for six years, posting a 509-463 record.

Price will serve as a manager for first time. He took over as the Reds' pitching coach before the 2010 season, and Cincinnati made the postseason in three of his four years on the job.

Before joining the Reds' staff, Price was the Seattle Mariners' pitching coach from 2001-06 and the Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching coach from 2007 through May 2009.

Price, 51, becomes the 61st manager in Reds history.

"I have spent a lot of time with Bryan since the season ended, and I was convinced after the first meeting he is the right person to help us move this organization forward," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We've all seen his work here with our pitching staff. He has proven himself to be an excellent communicator and leader and clearly is one of the most respected people not only in our clubhouse but in baseball in general."

Price was a pitcher in his playing days, but he never appeared in the major leagues. He spent five seasons in the 1980s in the farm systems of the California Angels and the Mariners.

The San Francisco native grew up in the Bay Area and attended the University of California-Berkeley.

"I am impressed with Bryan as a pitching coach, leader and person," Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said. "We're very confident he'll take the helm as manager of the entire team and lead us in the right direction."

When Baker was fired, Price was endorsed for the managerial job by Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo.

"I think he'd be unbelievable (as manager)," Arroyo told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday. "He's a freaking smart guy. He makes his decisions on reasonable evidence. Sometimes in baseball we go by hunches, what someone else said or the way things have gone in the past. He doesn't do that."
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