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Ryan Ludwick re-signs with Reds for two years and $15 million

Dec 8, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Ludwick will get $15 million over two years.

Friday, 7:25 PM: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Ludwick will get a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2015. No word yet on the dollar amount.

Friday, 5:13 PM: Cincinnati has reportedly had a two-year offer on the table for Ryan Ludwick to re-sign for basically the entire offseason and today he finally decided to accept it, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

After back-to-back poor seasons Ludwick signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Reds last offseason that included a $5 million mutual option for 2013.

Ludwick had a big bounceback season at age 33, hitting .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games, which made declining his half of the mutual option to become a free agent again a no-brainer.

  1. dutchman45 - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Glad to have Ryan back in the fold. He loves hitting at Great American. Jocketty is on the money. Great GM

  2. sportsfan69 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Awesome!

  3. jwag777 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Bummer, was hoping to have him in LF with the Giants. I had read they made him an offer too.

    • xmatt0926x - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      I’m pretty sure he has said this past season that playing in San Diego really screwed with his hitting because it was such a pitchers park and he had to try and pull everything right down the line to get a homer. I doubt he would have went to San Fran and gone through that again.

      • ptfu - Dec 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120301&content_id=26929930

        This makes me angrier than ever at Ludwick. Why the bloody #3!! was he swinging for the fences anywhere, and especially in San Diego? See ball, hit ball hard. Just put a good swing on the ball. If the park eats it then so be it. Homers will come elsewhere, especially in Arizona & Colorado.

        But no, he had to swing for Petco’s fences, deliberately made himself a dead-pull hitter, and that messed up his swing. And then he had the gall/idiocy to not want to fix it!

        Cincinnati, I’m glad Ludwick’s working out for you. He had a nice season for you and I’m sure he’ll continue to produce.

        Ryan Ludwick, screw you for deliberately not trying to fix a flaw in your swing.

  4. matckeeper - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    As a Brewer fan I was hoping this guy was going to leave the NL Central….he typically kills the Crew’s pitching.

  5. exibitsman - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    He should have signed with the Mets

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