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Ryan Ludwick turns down his mutual option with the Reds

Oct 17, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman says that Ryan Ludwick will turn down his part of the $5 million mutual option he was with the Reds for 2013.  The Reds, however, will still try to keep him.

A no-brainer for Ludwick, who put together a nice season — .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs, 80 RBI — and is entering a winter in which a lot of teams have a lot more money to spend than they have for a long time.
Ludwick is on record, however, as not much liking the way he’s moved around in recent years — St. Louis to San Diego and then to Cincinnati — so it would not be at all shocking if he looked to stay where’s hes comfortable and hammer out something with the Reds.
  1. innout10 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    U forget he went to Pitt last year too

  2. paperlions - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    He’s 34. He probably figures he has a better chance at a 2 yr deal now than he will next year, even if he repeats his 2012 performance….it probably has nothing to do with stability so much on the ability to cash in on 2012.

  3. cardsr4real - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Good luck to him. I like Ryan. I hated to see him leave the Cards.

    • ptfu - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      The Padres agree.

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