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02/10/06 8:45 PM ET
Reds claim lefty Gosling off waivers
Hudson designated for assignment to make room on roster
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- In a roster move announced on Friday, the Reds claimed left-handed pitcher Michael Gosling off waivers from the Diamondbacks. Gosling, a second-round pick for Arizona in 2001, went a combined 4-9 with a 5.56 ERA in 30 games, including 22 starts, with the Diamondbacks and Triple-A Tucson last season. After recovering from 2003 shoulder surgery, he made his big-league debut in 2004. While scouting National League clubs as Twins assistant general manager, new Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky liked what he saw from Gossling. Since he was on the waiver wire, Krivsky decided to put in a claim. "He is somebody that could compete for a spot in the rotation in Spring Training," Krivsky said. "He'll go into the mix and [Reds manager] Jerry [Narron] and [pitching coach] Vern [Ruhle] can run him out there. Let the best man win in competition." To make room for Gosling on the 40-man roster, Cincinnati designated right-handed pitcher Luke Hudson for assignment. The Reds have 10 days to trade, release or outright Hudson, who went 6-9 with a 6.38 ERA in 19 games (16 starts) last season. If he clears waivers, Hudson will likely be invited to the Reds' big-league camp at Spring Training as a non-roster player. Meetings complete: Krivsky said on Friday night that he's completed one-on-one meetings with his front-office staff and has gotten up to speed. On Thursday, he dismissed baseball operations director Brad Kullman, but he did not indicate if more staff reshuffling was ahead. "I've been impressed with the quality of people in the front office," Krivsky said. Krivsky, who was named GM on Wednesday, will remain in Cincinnati until Sunday. He will briefly return to his Texas home before heading to Spring Training in Sarasota.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.