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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 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.


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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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:00 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Taking to ain't gonna bring Albert back. Oh whats that? Cardinals are standing pat after signing Beltran, the only team making some noise consistently week after week is the Reds. Thats why you're here, we improve a little each week, while your team stagnates and gets a little older. Trolls=Losers

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:35 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Cardinal Fever- Ludwick will play all out as he did for the Cards but he is not that player anymore. I wish he went somewhere else other then the underperforming classless team of the Reds. Look for a 3rd place finish for the Reds who are a bunch of losers like thier fans.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:33 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

It may come as news to Mr. Dubose202 that every team in the NL cannot BUY only “A-list” players.  Yes Mr. Dubose202, the typical arrogant, pompous Phillies fan -- most teams actually have to work hard, be smart, find bargains, depend on come-back players and develop young guys to win.   We can’t all have statistical “Dream Teams” and try to buy championships like the Phillies and Eagles.

In 2011 the Phillies payroll was over $173 million.   Guess what the AVERAGE of the other 15 teams in the NL was Mr. Dubose 202, the baseball know-it-all?   $83.1 million, yes less than HALF of the Phillies.  LESS THAN HALF. 

So sorry you feel an entitled to a World Series based on team payroll.  Well good luck again in 2012 Mr. Dubose202.   Next time you mention A-list and C-list organizations then take a little time and check out the history and the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds compared to the Philadelphia Yankee-wannabees.  

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:07 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Ludwick brings one part of his game to the Reds that Heisey and Stubbs will soon learn: There is a reason some guys hang around the big leagues when they have bad years.

Stubbs is at a point where his career is in his own hands.
Heisey will not be able to hit lefties, no matter what, and he's a certified pinch hitter.

This signing won't turn the Reds around.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:29 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Love the sign.A good pick up.A bit pricy but good defense and a good bat(Quality at bats)Heisey can relax and win the job as the season goes along.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:29 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal


Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:28 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

shut up

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:09 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

With this signing Heisey will play more in center. Stubbs strikes out too much and if he doesn't get it under control he is going to be platooning with Hesiey if Ludwick hits near .270. If you aren't happy with this deal then who on the Reds current roster would you like to trot out there every day if an injury occurred? Stubbs is fast but if you don't get on base what good is that? The only thing the Reds need now is a true lead off hitter. Unless they somehow bag a new CF which isn't going to happen. Between Heisey and Stubbs whoever strikes out less in spring training should be the CF if Ludwick plays decently.

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:56 am

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.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:39 am

Reds sign Ryan Ludwick to one-year deal

Well since I've watched him for years I know the Reds will get a player that will play all out...he's well worth the 2.5 mil plus incentives.  He can be very streaky so when he's hot ride his bat.  And he's a very good glove too with a strong arm.

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