Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky didn't take Sunday off. Before traveling home to Arlington, Texas, Krivsky added a veteran player to the roster, hired two front-office workers and shifted the jobs of two of the Reds' top employees.
The five-transaction Sunday went as follows:
Signed first baseman Scott Hatteberg to a one-year, $750,000 contract. Krivsky sees Hatteberg as an extra player but his exact role will be up to manager Jerry Narron.
Hired Bob Miller as director of baseball administration.
Hired Scott Nethery as special assistant to GM/player personnel.
Moved Tim Naehring from director of player development to minor-league field coordinator.
Expanded Johnny Almaraz's role as director of player development/international operations.
Hatteberg, 36, hit .256 with nine home runs and 56 RBI for the Oakland A's last year, his 11th in the majors.
"He lengthens our roster," Krivsky said.
"He's a real pro. He gives you defense. He takes good at-bats. He doesn't strike out a lot."
Hatteberg is a left-handed hitter and he plays first base. That does not mean Hatteberg will play first with Adam Dunn going back to the outfield - unless there's an injury.
"He's a real professional,"
Narron said. "He gives us insurance if something would happen to Adam Dunn or one of the outfielders."
Hatteberg came up as a catcher. He caught 72 games in 2001. There's a possibility that the Reds will use him as a third/emergency catcher.
"I talked to him last night," Narron said. "He's excited. Here it is February and he didn't have a job. That's surprising. He's a veteran guy who can help you win.
Hatteberg's acquisition also makes it easier to trade an outfielder - Wily Mo Peña or Austin Kearns. In that case, Dunn could go back to playing left field.
Among other things, Miller will help Almaraz in his expanded role. Miller has been in Baseball 24 years - the last seven with Arizona. He was recently an assistant GM.
"Bob's a versatile guy," Krivsky said. "He's worked in all facets - draft, player development, the last couple of years he's been Arizona's farm director. He's a talented guy. He can help Johnny with taking over as a department head."
Nethery spent last year as a special assistant to New York Mets GM Omar Minaya. The previous 13 years Nethery worked for the Atlanta Braves.
"Scott's a talent evaluator," Krivsky said. "He wants to branch out and become a GM someday."
Krivsky said there's a possibility that he'll hire more people, but the key is getting permission from their clubs to talk to them with spring training set to open.
Krivsky said he made the move with Almaraz and Naehring to take advantage of their talents.
"This in no way should be viewed as a demotion for Tim," Krivsky said. "I like my farm director to have a strong background in scouting. That's not a knock on Tim."
Naehring, a former teammate of Hatteberg, was fine with the move.
"This gets me back on the field," Naehring said. "That's what I like to do. I don't want to be a GM. I'm happy with it."
Krivsky plans to go to Sarasota on Wednesday. He hopes to get Dunn's contract resolved before the arbitration hearing Friday.
"We talked a couple of times this weekend," Krivsky said. "We're not at an impasse. We're still talking."