Reds add Hatteberg
Just saw this on ESPN.com:
CINCINNATI -- Scott Hatteberg agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract Sunday with Cincinnati, giving the Reds more flexibility at first base.
2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
134 7 59 52 .334 .256
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."