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Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:15 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 10:41 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign free agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick, confirms Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The move, which is pending a physical, was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Heyman reports the deal is for $2.5 million with $500,000 worth of incentives included.

Ludwick, 33, hit just .237/.310/.363 last season with 13 homers and 75 RBI, but the majority of his plate appearances came in Petco Park, which is death to power hitters. He hit .218 with only five home runs and a dreadful .658 OPS in 212 plate appearances at Petco. And as we all know, Great American Ball Park is a hitters' park. So this move should help him.

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Ludwick was an All-Star with St. Louis in 2008, slugging 37 homers and driving home 113 runs. Yes, he had the benefit of hitting in a lineup with Albert Pujols, but the Reds can surround him with the likes of Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. Ludwick hasn't had another season anywhere close to being as good as 2008, but he was a productive offensive player throughout his Cardinals career. His return to the NL Central -- he was traded to the Pirates last July -- didn't go well, but it was a small sample of 113 plate appearances.

Expect Ludwick to get the overwhelming majority of the playing time in left field -- at least out of the gate -- with Chris Heisey serving as the fourth outfielder and Drew Stubbs in center.

Though the offseason started rather slowly, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has added Mat Latos, Sean Marshall, Ryan Madson and Ludwick to his ballclub in the past several weeks in an attempt to get the 2010 NL Central champs back into contention.

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Comments

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:35 pm
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

There ios a reason it took Ludwick this long to sign. He isnt that good. C- List player for a C-list team.


Dubose202,

 C-list team? I believe teams are graded by the number of tiles they win and if you check the scoreboard you will see it reads:


Cincy 5- Philly 2*

*1980  world series won with a true Red leading the way.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:52 am
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

We can both go back to school and I'll learn punctuation and you can learn how to spell.




Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Nice job professor. You critique spelling and omit apostrophes in your post. You used the word teams twice. Each instance required an apostrophe. Go back to school.




Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Really impressed with the moves the Reds have made this year. Not sure about the Latos trade (would have gine for Pineda instead) but that could be a great move if he can adjust to the new ballpark. Adding a guy who is probably good for 20+ HRs and 80 RBIs at $2.5 million is really good. NL Central should be fun to watch this year.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

      Look for Ludwick to bounce back and have a solid year.  Not only is he playing in a much better hitters park in Cincy, he has a more solid lineup around him.  I think the Reds made a smart signing here.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

I think this is a great pick up. The Reds need an everyday left fielder, and now they have one. Not a defensive liability and has some pop. Pencil him in as your 6th or 7th hitter and you have a pretty deep lineup. Combine this with the pitching upgrades and you have yourself a much more complete team then last year. The Reds should make some noise in a weaker NL Central this year.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:46 pm
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Great signing so we don't have to suffer with Chris Heisey out in LF.  Reds know that Heisey isn't an everyday player b/c he has too many wholes in his swings



Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:34 am
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Ludwick is a 4th OF or platoon player at best. If he gets "the overwhelming majority" of playing time in left field, the Reds are in trouble. 2008 was the outlier.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:22 am
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

"Look for a 3rd place finish for the Reds who are a bunch of losers like thier fans".

Is this how winners spell "thier"? If so, then I will gladly stay a loser. People like you who can't enjoy their teams success without putting someone down shows how classless they/you are.  Enjoy your teams success last year with some class and use spell check when posting a comment.






Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:21 am
 

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

I like this signing.  The Reds need another outfielder and Ludwick should have a rebound year in that ballpark and lineup.  They are getting a credible and experienced fourth outfielder at the very least. 


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