|Look who is back, BROTHER!|
After taking a few days to mull over his options, Ryan Ludwick has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Reds. Although the exact terms of the contract have not yet been released, rumor has it that the deal is good for two years at roughly $7 million per season. The agreement is pending a physical exam.
Ludwick experienced a bounceback campaign in 2012 after inking a 1-year deal with the Reds last winter. The 34-year old produced a slash line of .275/.346/.531 with 26 homers, 28 doubles, and 80 RBI. He proved to be a vital asset in the lineup after Joey Votto went down with a knee injury.
Ludwick's offensive numbers had fallen off in recent years, so a move to hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park appeared to be just what the doctor ordered. Furthermore, the 10-year MLB veteran immediately took on a leadership role within the Reds clubhouse, and is expected to assume the same if not greater role in 2013.
Keeping the slugger's bat in the lineup is a big coup for the team as they continue to shoot for a World Series title. The Reds hope to get similar production from him as they did during last season.