The Reds signed Scott Hatteberg to a one-year contract today:
Scott Hatteberg agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract Sunday with Cincinnati, giving the Reds more flexibility at first base.
Hatteberg batted .256 with seven homers and 59 RBI last season for Oakland, which declined his contract option for 2006. The Athletics decided to stick with Dan Johnson at first base.
Hatteberg can make an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses, based upon plate appearances.
I don’t mind this signing, in the abstract. Hatteberg is a quality player to have on the bench.
However, I can just see how this is going to play out: Hatteberg will end up getting the lion’s share of the ABs at 1B, sending Adam Dunn back to the outfield, and Wily Mo Pena to the bench.
I don’t want to believe that will happen. But watching this club over the last decade, I can’t help but think that the Reds will figure out how to screw this one up.