Krivsky continues to seek a right-handed bat for the club, especially now that Rich Aurilia has officially severed ties with Cincinnati. The free-agent infielder was signed to a two-year, $8 million contract by his original team, the Giants, on Monday.The chances of Cincinnati retaining Aurilia diminished when it signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez last month, leaving no open starting spots in the infield. Aurilia was offered arbitration on Friday, which means the Reds will receive a supplemental first-round pick and another draft pick as compensation. "Rich did a nice job for us," Krivsky said. "Obviously, it's a bit of a void, and we'll have to try and fill it as best we can. He decided to take the multi-year proposal and move on. We wish him well. We appreciate what he did for us while he was here." On the pitching front, the Reds believe they have four rotation spots set with Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Kyle Lohse and Eric Milton, so the team isn't expected to vie for any of the top- or middle-level starters on the market. Unless an acquisition is made, Elizardo Ramirez, Matt Belisle, prospect Phil Dumatrait and top prospect Homer Bailey will battle for the fifth spot in Spring Training. Krivsky said that lefty Brandon Claussen, who underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in August, wasn't expected to be ready by Opening Day. Another injured starter, free agent Paul Wilson, could be invited to camp as a non-roster player with a Minor League contract, even though he has not pitched in a game since June 2005. Similar offers could be extended to rehabbing free-agent relievers Kent Mercker and Guardado.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less