A couple of hours ago, John Fay revealed that left fielder Ryan Ludwick and the Cincinnati Reds “continue to try to work out a contract”. The main obstacles would be two things: length and dollars. No-brainers, I know.
Jack Moore of CBSSports.com sees the Reds as one of four teams that can possibly sign Ludwick. There are others are Red Sox, Rangers and Yankees. No question all of the other three have the resources available to outbid the Reds especially when you take into account that Moore believes a two-year, $24MM deal with an option for a third year is what will land Ludwick. I can see the Sawx and Rangers interest. The Yankees seem to poke their nose everywhere.
Ludwick’s agent, Dan Horwits, would only cite that his client seeks a multi-year deal. No mention of dollars. No mention of the number of years. That said, if Moore is correct in his estimate and it is $24MM over two years, I’m thinking that may be a little too steep for the Reds liking, even if you don’t include the option and whatever the amount of the buyout would be.
There is something to consider here. With today’s trade of Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins to the Washington Nationals, a coupe f things could happen here.
One. The Reds become more aggressive in their pursuit of Ludwick, or…
Two, the Reds see that with Span landing in DC, there is a chance Michael Morse is the odd man out in Washington. That is, unless the Sawx snag Adam LaRoche. There have been talks between the two parties. If LaRoche is not re-signed by the Nats, Morse will slide to first base, leaving the Reds potentially wanting.
Morse is scheduled to make $6.75MM next season on teh back end of a two-year, $10.5MM deal of his own. Yes, he will be a free agent in 2014. He would also be a potentially less expensive option than Ludwick. We’ve read on many an occasion that $7MM is the likely starting point for Ludwick.
Then we could go through this process again after next season.