Bob Quinn, vice president and general manager of the New York Yankees the last two seasons, resigned to sign a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds in the same position.

Quinn, 52, replaces Murray Cook. Asked whether Cook resigned or was fired, Red owner Marge Schott told reporters: “I don’t think that needs to be said, OK?”

Quinn’s first objective is to find a new manager. He said interim manager Tommy Helms, who took over Aug. 24 after Pete Rose was banned from baseball because of alleged baseball gambling, remains a candidate.


Yankee owner George Steinbrenner named Harding Peterson, a former Pittsburgh Pirates general manager, to replace Quinn.

“I am sorry to see Bob leave,” Steinbrenner said. “He was one of the most loyal and dedicated employees I have ever had.”