Kathleen O'Brien , StarTelegram Staff Writer
Rangers assistant general manager Dan O'Brien is going home.
O'Brien, an Ohio native, is expected to be announced as general manager of the Cincinnati Reds, probably today. Clubs are not supposed to make major announcements during the World Series, but published reports in several Ohio newspapers said unnamed Reds sources have confirmed that O'Brien will be the new general manager.
"I am not at liberty to comment," O'Brien said Saturday night.
O'Brien, 49, was one of three finalists to interview with Reds officials in Cincinnati last week, along with Montreal Expos general manager Omar Minaya and Minnesota Twins assistant general manager Wayne Krivsky. The Reds fired their previous GM, Jim Bowden, after 10 1/2 seasons on July 28.
O'Brien, whose father, Dan, was Rangers GM from 1973-79, has served as the Rangers assistant GM for baseball operations since October 1996. He previously spent 15 seasons with the Houston Astros, last serving as the director of player development and scouting, and four with the Seattle Mariners.
Rangers general manager John Hart, who said that he did not yet know if O'Brien would be leaving, said: "To have an opportunity to become a GM is a tremendous honor for him, and I think a reward for all of the years that he's put in the game."
Although O'Brien has worked in Texas since 1981, he followed the Reds while growing up in Columbus and earned a master's degree from Ohio University. His wife, Gail, is also from Ohio, making the Reds position that much more desirable.
"Of course it would mean more," O'Brien said.
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