Notes: Injured Denorfia dealt to A's
Reds to receive two players to be named and cash
PITTSBURGH -- Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky originally had no intentions of trading Chris Denorfia. But Oakland pursued the 26-year-old outfielder enough that the the Athletics eventually made an offer Krivsky couldn't refuse.
The Reds announced Friday afternoon that they had completed a deal to send Denorfia to Oakland for two players to be named and cash considerations. Denorfia is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
"It had been discussed midway through Spring Training," Krivsky said. "Obviously, when Deno got hurt, it changed things for a while. [A's general manager Billy Beane] first approached us the first week in April after Deno's surgery and wanted to see if we were still interested. So this thing's been going on for a long time. But it took a little different twist after Deno got hurt.
"It speaks to how much they like Deno, and finally, it got to a point where what they were offering, we felt like it was a win-win for both of us."
Denorfia was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and had the surgery early this month. Drafted by the Reds in the 19th round in 2002, he was the Reds' Minor League Player of the Year in 2005. Denorfia batted .278 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 67 games for Cincinnati the past two seasons.
"On the one hand, we hate to give up Deno," Krivsky said. "He's been signed and through our Minor Leagues and is just a tremendous individual. He plays the game the right way and has tremendous makeup and was a real credit to the organization."
Krivsky informed Denorfia by phone about the deal, and the GM said the player was "numb" because players are rarely traded while on the disabled list.
Krivsky said one of the two players the Reds are receiving likely will be announced within the next three days. He indicated both were close to being Major League-ready. No specifics in regard to the cash considerations were disclosed.
"We're satisfied with what we're getting in return," Krivsky said. "I hope it ends up being a win-win for both sides."
Griffey still out: Right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. was not in the lineup for the second consecutive game Friday because of soreness in his chest.
Prior to Friday's game against the Pirates, Griffey had an X-ray taken of his chest. The X-ray came back normal. He has been diagnosed with pleurisy -- inflammation of the lining of the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs -- and is listed as day-to-day.
Reds manager Jerry Narron indicated that Griffey could be used as a pinch-hitter in an emergency and did not rule out the veteran slugger playing Saturday.
Contract extension: The Reds and reliever Todd Coffey agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension Friday. Coffey, who likely would have been arbitration-eligible after the season, will earn $925,000 in 2008, plus performance bonuses.
"For the next year, I only have to worry about getting people out," Coffey said. "That's it. I pretty much block out [the contract] aspect of it. Whatever happens, happens. It happens for a reason. I'm just happy that Wayne and [team owner] Bob Castellini had faith in me for next season and gave me a contract."
Entering Friday, Coffey was 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in a National League-leading 14 appearances. He led the team's bullpen in games (81) and innings (78) last season.
Hamilton a popular man: Josh Hamilton's story is well-known in Cincinnati and across the Majors. But each time he plays in a town for the first time, Hamilton is a coveted interview by the local media.
"Every new place I go, I've never been before," Hamilton said. "It's fun to see new parks, and it's fun to talk to new guys and meet new people."
Hamilton, who had never played above Double-A the previous four years because of injuries and suspensions, entered Friday batting .294 with six home runs and 12 RBIs in only 51 at-bats.
Coming up: Right-hander Matt Belisle (2-1, 4.43 ERA) will face Pittsburgh lefty Tom Gorzelanny (3-0, 2.05 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday in the middle game of a three-game series.
Chris Adamski is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.