Monday, January 16, 2012

Reds Add Another Piece to Puzzle

Cincinnati may have just completed their off-season to-do list with the signing of free agent OF Ryan Ludwick late Monday night. The contract is rumored to be a one-year deal, which includes a mutual option for 2013, tweets FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Ludwick will reportedly receive $2.5 MM guaranteed with up to an additional $500k in incentives.

The 33-year old outfielder gives the Reds some much-needed depth in the two corner outfield spots, although he is likely to see most of his action if left in a platoon role with Chris Heisey.

Ludwick posted a combined .237/.310/.363 line with 13 longballs and 75 RBIs with the Pirates and Padres in 2011. His best major league season came in 2008 when the right-hander recorded a .299 average, a .966 OPS, 37 homers, 113 RBIs and 40 doubles for the Cardinals.

He'll make considerably less in 2012 than the $6.78MM San Diego paid him in salary last year.

With the acquisition of Ludwick, the Redlegs have all but filled their main areas of need this Winter.

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