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Ryan Ludwick is talking to the Reds, wants a multi-year deal

Nov 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Ryan Ludwick turned down his half of a $5 million mutual option to become a free agent, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the 34-year-old outfielder has been talking to the Reds about re-signing.

Ludwick’s agent told Fay that they’re looking for “a multi-year deal” and added that he “has offers from other clubs” if Cincinnati isn’t willing to go make that sort of commitment to a mid-30s outfielder who was pretty bad in 2011 and mediocre in both 2009 and 2010.

This year he bounced back in a big way, hitting .275 with 26 homers in 125 games for an .877 OPS that was Ludwick’s highest since 2008.

  1. contraryguy - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Jonny Gomes, another recent LF for the Reds, just got a two-year deal from the Red Sox. Granted, he’s a couple years younger, but not as productive as Ludwick was this year. Part-time LF Frazier will be holding down 3B in 2013. Ludwick hits well in the two parks that matter most here, Cincy and STL. So what’s the huge risk?

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