From the Dayton Daily News’ Hal Bodley.

There are strong indications that the Cincinnati Reds will name Jim Beattie as the team’s general manager, The Dayton Daily News has learned.

Two reliable sources close to the situation said it was their understanding that Beattie, 50, is the choice to replace fired Dan O’Brien and that the Reds will announce the decision in the next few days.

Beattie was the first person new owner Bob Castellini hired, naming him a special advisor the same day he officially took over as the team’s CEO. And he immediately named him as a candidate for the GM’s chair.

In addition, Castellini has told friends he preferred a person who had been a general manager. Only Beattie and Atlanta assistant general manager Frank Wren have GM experience among the candidates.

Wren was general manager of the Baltimore Orioles for one year while Beattie has been general manager in Montreal and Baltimore.

In addition, Boston Red Sox executive Larry Lucchino is a confidante to Castellini and highly recommends Beattie.