Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/16/14
The Cinncinati Reds re-signed left fielder Ryan Ludwick to a two-year deal worth $15 million on Friday night. The contract also contains a mutual option for the 2015 season. Ludwick, who turned 34 in July, experienced a rebirth in 2012 with the Reds after a pair of down seasons spent split between the Cardinals, Padres, and Pirates. In 125 games serving in a quasi-platoon in left field for the Reds, Ludwick had an .877 OPS, bashing 26 homers and serving as grear protection in the Cincinnati lineup for former MVP Joey Votto. $15 million over two seasons is reasonable for Ludwick, provided that he continues his 2012 performance in the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. Ludwick was performing just fine in 2010 with the Cardinals before he was dealt to San Diego, where his overall offensive statistics fell off a cliff in Petco Park. After being traded to Pittsburgh at the 2011 trade deadline, Ludwick continued to struggle while playing in just 38 games. Ludwick made $2.5...
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