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Ryan Ludwick declines mutual option, becomes free agent

Oct 31, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Ryan Ludwick and the Reds had a $5 million mutual option for 2013, but the outfielder turned down his half today to become a free agent.

It was an easy call for Ludwick, who turned his career around after back-to-back poor seasons by hitting .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games. That was his best production since 2008, when Ludwick hit .299 with 37 homers and a .966 OPS in 152 games for the Cardinals.

Both sides have said they’re interested in working out a new deal that would keep Ludwick in Cincinnati, but with the free agent market relatively short on power bats his price tag could involve a multi-year deal at age 34.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    So Metalhead…not bad for a ”washed up ex Cardinal” huh?

    • metalhead65 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      it is nice he turned his season around from the all star break on but hopefully my “small market” reds don’t break the bank to resign him only to have him revert back to the ludwick of the past 3 years.he did not look like he was worth what he will demand the last 3 games of the giants series did he? he was not the only one but for what he wants a hit with risp would have been nice.and great 1 out of how many washed up ex-cards have worked out for them?

  2. steelers88 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Baby comeback you can blame it all on me!

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