Making the most: Veteran outfielder Brian Buchanan spent all winter looking for a team to join. Shortly after Krivsky was hired, Buchanan made a phone call since he knew the new GM from his days with the Twins.
"I saw he got the job and I got his number from my agent," Buchanan said. "I called over and asked, 'Do you guys need any help?'"
Signed to a Minor League deal, Buchanan was not invited to big league camp. But he's made the most of every chance he's been summoned as an extra player in spring games.
"They said they'd bring me to as many games as they could out of [the Minor League] mini-camp. I've pretty much came to all of them," Buchanan said.
After Thursday's 3-for-4, four-RBI day in a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh, the 32-year-old was batting .552 (16-for-28) with one homer and 11 RBIs in 17 games. That would be good enough for second among big leaguers with at least 20 spring at-bats.
"I told him the other day he set an all-time record this spring for the most hits without being invited to Spring Training," Krivsky joked.
After playing for Minnesota from 2000-02, Buchanan has bounced to several organizations, including the Padres, Mets, Rockies and back to the Twins' Triple-A club. He hopes his performances for the Reds this spring can lead to something down the road.
"When you have the game almost taken away from you, and you're trying to get a job, you try to make the most of your opportunities," said Buchanan, a .258 career hitter in 346 Major League games.