Reds add Hatteberg, gain flexibility at first base
Hatteberg batted .256 with seven homers and 59 RBI last season for Oakland, which declined his contract option for 2006. The Athletics decided to stick with Dan Johnson at first base.
Hatteberg can make an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses, based upon plate appearances.
The Reds traded first baseman Sean Casey to Pittsburgh for left-handed starter Dave Williams in the offseason. They plan to move left fielder Adam Dunn to first base, opening the way for outfielders Austin Kearns and Wily Mo Pena to play alongside center fielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Wayne Krivsky was interested in Hatteberg even before he was hired as the Reds' general manager last Wednesday.
"We wanted to add to our depth," Krivsky said by phone. "This guy's a true professional, somebody I've had my eye on in the offseason here in the event I did get this job. The playing time will take care of itself."
Krivsky also made several more moves to rearrange the front office, bringing in two executives and changing the responsibilities of two others.
International scouting director Johnny Almaraz, one of eight candidates who interviewed for the general manager's job, had his role changed to director of player development and international operations.
Tim Naehring, who was director of player development, replaced Bob Miscik as minor league field coordinator.
Miller was with Arizona for the last seven years, as director of baseball operations and as assistant general manager. Nethery was with Atlanta for 13 years, and was a special assistant with the Mets last season.
"Bob is a real experienced guy in terms of administration and rules, and has significant experience in player development," Krivsky said. "He's worn three or four different hats.
"In covering the National League [for the Twins] the last 11 years, I'd see Scott a lot on the road. We've gotten to be very good friends, and I respect his judgment."
Last week, Krivsky fired major league operations director Brad Kullman, his first move in reshaping the front office.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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