Former Mariners, Angels GM Bavasi joins Reds as special assistant

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds have hired former Seattle and Anaheim general manager Bill Bavasi as a special assistant.

Bavasi was vice president and general manager for the Angels from 1994-99 and executive vice president and general manager of baseball operations for the Mariners from 2003 through June 15, when he was fired.

The 50-year-old comes from a family with strong baseball ties. He is the son of longtime baseball executive Buzzie Bavasi and his brother, Peter, was general manager of the Padres, founding president of the Toronto Blue Jays and president of the Cleveland Indians.

Bill Bavasi started his professional baseball career with the Padres in 1974. He also was the Dodgers' director of player development in 2002 and 2003 before joining Seattle.