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Joe Girardi already rumored as potential replacement for Bryan Price

Could Joe Girardi find himself back managing an MLB team perhaps as soon as this season? Possibly, as his name already is being floated as a candidate for a recently vacated skipper spot.

The Cincinnati Reds on Thursday morning announced the team was parting ways with manager Bryan Price after a major-league-worst 3-15 start.

Reds bench coach Jim Riggleman has been named as Price’s replacement on an interim basis. The Reds announced a more thorough managerial search for a permanent replacement will occur at a later date.

It did not take long, however, for a report mentioning potential candidates for the job to surface, as a shortlist was rolled out almost as soon as soon as Price’s ouster was announced by the Reds.

Among the candidates was Girardi, who was let go by the New York Yankees last season after spending 10 years which included a 2009 World Series title.

The two other names mentioned are of course quality candidates, including Barry Larkin, whom Nightengale tabs as the front-runner for the job. However, it’s interesting how quickly Girardi’s name was back in the managerial mix given that just this week he spoke to what it’s like being out of the game.

“It is somewhat weird not managing when I’ve been doing it 11 out of the last 12 years, 10 in a row,” Girardi said, via Newsday. “It was unusual not to go to spring training – not that I missed it – but it has been great spending a lot of time with my wife and children, and I’ve enjoyed that immensely.”

Girardi also made it clear he wants to return to managing.

“I do want to manage again and obviously will approach it as opportunities come up,” Girardi said.

It’s interesting just how quickly a skipper position became available given how early it is in the season. And for Girardi, the opportunity to return to the dugout probably arrived sooner than expected.