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12/04/07 8:00 PM ET
Krivsky quiet on potential moves
Reds GM looking for starting pitching, but no buzz on names
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The next time Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky tips his hand about specific moves he might make will be the first time.
Krivsky will always play it close to the vest. If there are rumors or reports about his team or a certain player, he won't be the source.
"Some people like to talk more than I do," he said. "I think our business should stay in house. I believe that. I think that's important."
Krivsky mentioned on Monday he was looking for starting pitching and hasn't wavered from that pursuit. As the second day of the Winter Meetings concluded, Cincinnati hadn't been linked to any of the major pitchers on the market -- such as the A's Dan Haren or Baltimore's Erik Bedard. Another star arm -- Marlins star lefty Dontrelle Willis, along with coveted third baseman Miguel Cabrera -- was dealt to the Tigers in a blockbuster trade on Tuesday night.
Does that mean the Reds aren't in the hunt for top-tier names that could bolster the rotation? Not necessarily.
"I never said that we hadn't connected or talked to teams involving the higher end starting pitchers," Krivsky said. "I'm looking at any way I can to improve the team and find the best fit I can within the parameters that I have."
While the Reds are deep with position players, especially outfielders, Krivsky was asked if he'd be willing to part with a pitcher to acquire a pitcher that better fits the team's needs.
"To get a quality starting pitcher, you're going to have to give up something of quality," Krivsky said. "That goes without saying. To subtract from one area you might be weak in and substitute another name, if it upgrades you, fine. Typically, you deal from an area where you have more depth to fill a hole where you're light."
Krivsky has repeatedly indicated he felt no pressure to make a trade during the Winter Meetings. Yet he remained optimistic that something could happen.
"You just keep working the phones and your scouts keep gathering information to see what might be out there that makes sense for us to do," he said.
Many mingling around the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center felt the dragged out trade talks involving the Twins' Johan Santana were clogging up the works. With Cabrera being moved, other deals could start flowing. If Santana is finally traded, the activity could really escalate.
"Maybe one of the teams that doesn't get one of the coveted players would turn their attention somewhere else to fill the same spot," Krivsky said. "I don't know, I worry about our business and how we can get better without getting too caught up in it."
There had been speculation Monday night that the Cubs were talking to the Reds about outfielder Josh Hamilton. By Tuesday, officials from both clubs said there was no truth to the rumor.
Former Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin arrived to town on Tuesday and was among those roaming the hotel. Mackanin, who had a 41-39 record for the team this past season, is seeking a coaching job and planned to talk with a couple of clubs. He said he still has the option of returning to the Reds as a scout if he doesn't find something elsewhere.