CINCINNATI -- The Reds promoted Scott Nethery to become their new assistant general manager and senior director of pro scouting on Thursday.
Nethery was originally hired on Feb. 12 by general manager Wayne Krivsky as a special assistant to the GM in charge of player personnel. Before he joined Cincinnati, Nethery spent 2005 as a special assistant to the GM for the Mets and was with the Braves from 1991-2004 in a variety of scouting roles.
Krivsky now has two assistant GMs that report to him. Bob Miller, formerly the director of baseball administration, was promoted in June after Dean Taylor resigned to join the Royals' front office.
Right-handed reliever Grant Balfour, who did not throw a pitch in the Majors for the Reds this season, was claimed off waivers on Thursday by the Brewers.
Balfour was signed in January to a one-year, $340,000 Major League contract by former GM Dan O'Brien, despite facing a long recovery from major elbow and shoulder surgeries. The 28-year-old has not pitched in the Majors since 2004 for the Twins.
Left-handed pitcher Chris Michalak, right-hander Sun-Woo Kim and outfielder Dewayne Wise cleared waivers and were sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. The moves take the three players off of the Reds' 40-man roster.
Michalak was 2-4 with a 4.89 ERA in eight games for the Reds this season, including six starts. Kim was acquired from the Rockies on Sept. 5 and went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two games, including one start. Wise batted .184 in 31 games, serving mostly in a bench role.
News you can use:
The Reds' 80-82 record this season put the club in the bottom 15 among Major League teams. It means they would not lose their 2007 first-round draft pick as compensation if they signed a Type-A free agent (a top-level free agent) during the offseason. Instead, a second-round pick would be sent to a team as compensation for signing one of its star free agents.
Cincinnati's 2006 record was identical to the Rangers, but the tiebreaker favored the Reds because Texas had more wins in 2005 (79 to 73).
The compensation rules are subject to change, however, once the collective bargaining agreement expires in December and a new agreement is reached.
It's a girl:
Reds pitcher Aaron Harang and his wife, Jennifer, are first-time parents to a new baby girl. Addison Kay Harang was born healthy on Tuesday and weighed seven pounds, seven ounces.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com.
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