Found October 31, 2012 on
Fox Sports Ohio:
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick became a free agent Wednesday after declining his 5 million contract option for next season, looking for a bigger deal after his strong second half played a big role in Cincinnati winning the NL Central title.
The 34-year-old Ludwick was the Reds' top hitter while first baseman Joey Votto missed 48 games with a knee injury, batting .340 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs. Ludwick hit .275 overall in 125 games with 26 homers and 80 RBIs. He went 6 for 18 (.333) with three homers, four RBIs and four walks in the division series loss to World Series champion San Francisco.
The Reds signed Ludwick to a one-year deal for 2012 that included a 2 million base salary, and he earned an additional 350,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. After turning down his part of a mutual option for 2013, he gets a 500,000 buyout. Although the Reds are interested in keeping him, Ludwick decided to see what kind of deal he can get on the open market.
Relief pitcher Ryan Madson also became a free agent Wednesday after declining a mutual option. The right-hander needed reconstructive elbow surgery after tearing a ligament during spring training and missed the entire season. Left-hander Aroldis Chapman moved into the role and saved 38 games in 43 chances.
Madson had a 6 million salary this year, of which 2 million was deferred until Thursday and another 2 million until Nov. 1, 2013. He agreed to that deal in January after a 44 million, four-year deal to stay with the Philadelphia Phillies collapsed last November.
Madson would have made 11 million next year under the mutual option. Instead, he got a 2.5 million buyout. The Reds weren't going to exercise the 2013 option. They've expressed an interest in signing him to a less-expensive deal and giving him a chance to continue his recovery.
Jonathan Broxton was Cincinnati's other reliever with closing experience. The Reds got him from Kansas City in a trade at the July deadline. His contract also was up after the season.
BEST OF MAXIM
Ryan Ludwick attempts to drive in a run.We all knew it was going to happen, but yesterday Ryan Ludwick made it official. He declined his option for next year and became a free agent.
Had he elected to take the option, he would have had another year and $5 million. On the open market he can probably get a 2-year deal and somewhat more millions, having hit .275 with 26 home runs in...
Ryan Ludwick would like to return to the Cincinnati Reds. The team would like him back. However, in order for that to happen, the sides are going to have to work out a new deal. Ludwick declined his $5 million option. "We talked to his agent," Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty said. "There's interest on both sides." Even though Ludwick opted out...
Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick became a free agent Wednesday after declining his $5 million contract option for next season, looking for a bigger deal after his strong second half played a big role in Cincinnati winning the NL Central title.
The 34-year-old Ludwick was the Reds' top hitter while first baseman Joey Votto missed 48 games with a knee injury, batting .340 with 12...
In a parallel universe, Scott Rolen makes a good throw to Joey Votto in the top of the tenth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS, the Reds sweep the Giants, and go on to win their first World Series since 1990. Really, it's possible that Rolen's bad throw is all that really separated the Reds from a World Championship. The Reds were a really good team in 2012, they won a lot of...
To see the other parts of the Top 25 Prospect List, click here. Just a reminder that I will hold some sort of All Questions Answer or a Chat tomorrow afternoon to address any and all questions about the list once it is completed.
10. Yorman Rodriguez – OF – 19 Years Old – A-
Acquired: NDFA, August 2008
The Good: No player in the system has a toolset that can match that of Rodriguez...
The 2012 edition of the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. If you want to watch it, it will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8 p.m. ET. The game will feature 19 players from the MLB's Top 100 Prospects list, including No. 14 Billy Hamilton of your very own Cincinnati Reds. Joining Hamilton...
To see the other parts of the Top 25 Prospect List, click here. A reminder that there will either be a chat or an All Questions Answered topic this afternoon to answer as much as possible about the list.
5. Jesse Winker – OF – 18 Years Old – RK+
Acquired: 1st Round, 2012 Draft
The Good: Winker showed off a plus hit tools in his debut against much older competition. He has some...
There were six Cincinnati Reds in the Top Three for National League Rawlings Gold Glove awards for 2012 and they made it a clean sweep.
All six were swept out the door.
When the envelopes were ripped open Tuesday night on ESPN2, not a single Reds player took home the gold.
Center fielder Drew Stubbs, right fielder Jay Bruce, first baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Brandon Phillips...
The Javelinas got walloped on Monday night, losing 7-1 to the Scottsdale Scorpions. Peoria was outhit 10-3 as it was a quiet game for Reds prospects.
-CF Billy Hamilton went 0-3, with a walk. His batting average has dropped to .214.
-RHP Curtis Partch notched a perfect inning with a strikeout to bring his ERA down to 2.35.
Tuesday wasn't any better for Peoria...
Today marks the final day of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot. Well, guess what? We have arrived at the top game...
To see the other parts of the Top 25 Prospect List, click here.
15. Dan Langfield – RHP – 21 Years Old – RK+
Acquired: 3rd Round, 2012 Draft
The Good: He has four average or better pitches with a plus slider and above-average fastball. He came out and struck out 54 batters in 37 innings in his initial exposure to professional hitters.
Needs to work on: Control is a bit of a...
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is once again offering offseason tours of Great American Ball Park that include the Reds clubhouse.
The two hour “VIP” tour features stops in the:
- Reds Clubhouse
- Visitors Clubhouse
- Field Level Media Interview Room
- Radio & TV Broadcast Booths
…along with all stops of the Scotts® Great American Ball Park Tour...
Today marks day 11 of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.
But for now, here is No. 2 on the list:
Ryan Madson earned $8.5M this season
without appearing in a single game
Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick and reliever Ryan Madson are officially entering the free agent market. This coming after both of them declined their respective contract options for the 2013 season on Wednesday.
The 34-year old Ludwick signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati this past offseason and he...
Wednesday night saw Peoria drop its fifth straight game as the Javelinas were defeated 6-4 by the Surprise Saguaros. Despite outhitting them 11-10, and the Saguaros committing four errors, the Javelinas were unable to come out wth a victory. The two Reds prospects who played had a nice day though.
-3B Travis Mattair went 2-4, with a strikeout in his first start.