"I don't think until you've got yourself a full year in the Majors that you're locked in," Krivsky said. "It's all about competing and earning a job. I don't want to be in position where we're just handing out jobs. I want players to come in and earn a job."Belisle had an inconsistent first season as a starter after converting from a reliever. But Krivsky liked the way Belisle finished the season and was confident he could be a member of the rotation when the season opened. "It's a long way to Spring Training, but if you're picking the team today, I'm sure [manager] Dusty [Baker] would have him in his rotation," Krivsky said. Deals done: On Wednesday, reserve outfielder Buck Coats was traded to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash. Reserve infielder Jorge Cantu was released. Rule 5 activity: On Thursday, right-handed pitcher Sergio Valenzuela was taken from the Braves in the Rule 5 Draft. The Reds lost pitcher Carlos Guevara to the Marlins, who then traded him to the Padres. Goals accomplished: It remains to be seen. Krivsky felt the week of talks was productive, but we'll see in the coming days and weeks if any of it leads to moves. Unfinished business: The Reds have just four healthy starters with big league experience on the 40-man roster. They need rotation depth and would like to find a quality No. 3 starter that can slot behind Harang and Arroyo. GM's bottom line: "I think when you come into the meetings feeling like you have to do something, I don't think it's the right approach" -- Krivsky, on the Reds' lack of moves during the four-day Winter Meetings.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.