The Reds think they got damaged goods when they acquired reliever Gary Majewski from the Nationals last season. And now they are prepared to take their case to Major League Baseball.
"We don't feel like we were dealt with fairly, and you can go to the bank that we're not going to take it sitting down," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said at the team's Redsfest on Saturday, according to the Cincinnati Post.
Cincinnati was unaware that Majewski had a sore shoulder when the team acquired him in a
trade with Washington.
The Reds didn't know that the right-hander had a cortisone
injection in his shoulder before the All-Star break. Majewski told Cincinnati
that his shoulder has bothered him since spring training.
A medical test found no serious injury, but the reliever was placed on the 15-day disabled list soon after the trade before being activated in September.
"We've been doing our due diligence for a long time," Krivsky told The Post. "It's in the hands of our lawyers. When they feel comfortable that they've done everything possible and put it on paper so that it can be submitted all at one time, it will be submitted and then it'll be in the hands of the commissioner's office."
After the trade, Krivsky left a telephone message for Nationals general manager Jim Bowden.
"I did call him, and I have not heard back," Krivsky said. "I just wanted to have a conversation."
Bowden said he was surprised by the controversy
in Cincinnati over the condition of Majewski's shoulder.
"I don't think they feel that way," Bowden said before a game
against Florida last season. "If they did, I know one thing: Wayne Krivsky
would call me directly.
"And our organization is always forthright honest in any
transaction we make. We supply every documentation that's ever
asked on every single player. I think that's just a media report. I
don't think there's any truth to it, and the Reds have certainly
not called us and they certainly would call us if there was an
Bowden later issued a statement saying he was
"disappointed" by Krivsky's statement that he had tried to reach
him about the trade.
"I never received either a call or a message from Wayne, but
when I read his comments this evening, I called him and reminded
him that the Cincinnati Reds had received all of the medical
information they requested, both before and after the trade,"
Bowden's statement said. "It is also worth remembering that Gary
pitched for us right up to the trade and has continued doing so for
the Reds up until now."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.