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Report: Reds and Ryan Ludwick agree to one-year, $2.5 million deal

Jan 16, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

Ryan Ludwick AP AP

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2013. He’ll be reunited with Walt Jocketty, who was the general manager during his time in St. Louis.

According to Jon Heyman of, Ludwick will make a $2.5 million base salary with the chance for $500,000 in performance-based incentives.

Ludwick batted just .237/.310/.363 with 13 home runs, 75 RBI and a .674 OPS over 139 games between the Padres and Pirates last season. The 33-year-old hasn’t enjoyed much success since leaving St. Louis as part of the Jake Westbrook trade back in 2010, but the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark should be a nice fit for his righty bat. He’ll presumably share playing time with Chris Heisey in left field this season.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Reaction in 5,4,3,2..ignition sequence started…

    • brucewaynewins - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      I’m waiting for metalhead65 to have an aneurysm when he sees this.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Hahaha! You got it Bruce. He is the first person I thought of when I read the headline.
        Great Stuff!

  2. greenwheel2003 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Come on Dusty..i “trusty” you’ll do the right thing and give Heisey 75 percent of the starts…but this is the same guy that let fred lewis start most of the year..

  3. roberts09 - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I wish the reds would bring in a center fielder just to compete with stubbs. Stubbs is a fast guy, but you cant steal first.

  4. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I’m getting seriously concerned with Jocketty’s obsession with former Cardinals. It’s bizarre at this point, and it can’t really be an accident.

    • thefalcon123 - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      The same stuff happened when he came to St. Louis. Tony LaRussa, Todd Stottlemyre, Dennis Eckersley, Rick Honeycutt, (and Mark McGwire a bit later) all came with him in 1996.

  5. crisisjunky - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    It happens, devil you know and all that.
    ever notice how many ex-Gigantes have filtered their way through the Colletti regime?

  6. metalhead65 - Jan 17, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    now do the right thing and let Heisey go to a team where he will have a fair shot at playing full time. that way you can afford ankiel and the reds transformation to the cincinnati red-cards will be complete. they can talk about his veteran presence all they want but his and all washed up cards they sign are ex cards for a reason and that is they suck.why a team would pay somebody 2 million dollars to put up less numbers than the guy he is replacing is just mind long before he signs ozzy smith to be the starting shortstop? as a lifelong reds fan walt has made me not care what happens the team any more. I want to win but with reds players not cardinal rejects.

    • wlschneider09 - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM

      You made a mistake there and capitalized the first word of your last sentence.

      • metalhead65 - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        thank you so Much! nuthin ‘i like more than goin’ to a sports blog and get me sum edumacation!

    • paperlions - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      I feel you, man. Even as a Cardinal fan, I can feel the pain of Reds fans for moves such as this. As recently as 2 years ago, Ludwick was still productive…but as you said, this seems to be a waste of money as he isn’t any better than the guy he’s likely to replace.

      I LOLed at the Ankiel reference, be careful…it could happen.

    • hotkarlsandwich - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      They could do what the Cardinals do with their washed up players. Instead of bringing them back to play, bring them back to Coach.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Yeah Karl. Wonderful idea. If so…the Redlegs might lead the league in every major offensives category like the Cardinals have for the last couple of years.

  7. cintiphil - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    The main thing to consider here is that the Reds do not have much left after the signing of the two pitchers. They need to be frugal and not waste what they have, and sign the best player for the resources remaining.

    This is sort of a sideways type of move, however, the Reds do need help in the OF. That is one hole which glares through the rest of the lineup. I think they have 3rd base covered, but will need help there as Rolen is not going to last the season (if he is able to play much). But the outfield is weak in center (yes Stubbs is great on defense) and a question mark in left. So Ludwig seems like a move to fill in, where needed to hold a position when one of the guys goes into a slump, which will happen.

    • metalhead65 - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      it makes sense if dusty were like any other manager but since he is not ludwig will pretty much have to shoot somebody and spend time in jail for a while before dusty will take him out of the lineup. look how badly gomes played for over a year before he finally and reluctantly took him out of the lineup. I will only feel less sick about this move if dusty plays heisey in cenerfield should the strikeout machine continue to do so. another prime example of being a dusty guy,strikeout 5 times a game and in the lineup the next day.hit 3 homers in a game? have seat on the bench for a week.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        I hear you Metal. Heisey should have been penciled into LF for the season. And if he wanted to give Freddie Lewis or Jonny “pine tar” Gomes a spot start here and their Heisey should have been moved to CF to replace the fastest guy in MLB to never get on base.
        Point is…Heisey needs to be an every day player.
        I just can’t figure out what Dusty has against the guy.

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