Joe Girardi, who was the Reds’ top choice for manager according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, has withdrawn himself from consideration for the position. This is according to a tweet from Rosenthal at 5:34 p.m. Eastern time today.
The tweet said Girardi will remain with MLB Network for now, but that he still wants to manage in the future.
This presumably means that Brad Ausmus and David Bell are the two remaining finalists. In a subsequent tweet, Rosenthal called Bell the favorite now for the position, but pointed out that he is a candidate for the manager position with other teams.