GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A reporter on Thursday mistakenly asked if Reds manager Bryan Price was on the hot seat because he was in the final year of a two-year contract. When Price was promoted from pitching coach to manager in October 2014, he signed a three-year contract after replacing Dusty Baker.
"It doesn't mean I'm in any less peril as any other manager, I can tell you that," Price said. "I hope you can ask the same question for many, many years, if I get to the point where I'm close to the end of a contract."
The Reds did not play well last season and finished with a 76-86 record, in fourth place in the National League Central. Injuries played a part in the struggle, but a stronger year is clearly expected by ownership in 2015. The team made few big additions and is counting on returning stars to carry the club.
"I never once professionally worried about job security," Price said. "I don't anticipate that being an issue here, simply because I can't control it. I can do my job, and people can either like the results or not, and make their decision. I don't waste my time with it. I do appreciate the question, because inevitably, at this point in time next year, that'll be the case."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.