As some of us were heading to get a night’s rest, Twitter went bonkers with reports that the Reds and Ryan Ludwick were close on a deal. Two years and $14-15MM was the rumored agreement.
Seems all these rumors were just that, rumors. Mark Sheldon, who covers the Reds for MLB.com quickly squashed those rumors.
Hearing that Ludwick rumor on being close to signing with #reds not so true.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) December 5, 2012
Well, Ludwick is reportedly talking to other teams, as he has been doing all along. This is NOT a done deal. I consider the Yankees a viable threat for a Ludwick return. If you go to the team’s website, their outfield as we sit is Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and former Red Chris Dickerson. Now, the Mets are still in play. Ken Davidoff says the Mets would go two years at $6-7MM a year. And do not rule out Cleveland either. It is said Ludwick will listen to them.
So now we wait…as we have following many, many other Winter Meetings, right?
Enter Jack Hannahan. Huh?
Yes, Jack Hannahan who played more games at third base for the Indians last season than anyone else on their roster. If you’re thinking he’ll start at third and Todd Frazier will move to left, I don’t see that. Sure, Hannahan is possibly looking for a starting job, but the only other team that could guarantee him one might be the Yankees (you know, that whole A-Rod hip needs a surgery thingy.) Unless the Yanks go after Kevin Youkilis, which is a possibility.
No, Hannahan will serve as a backup to The Toddfather. He can play a little short and first, too. He would serve a role similar to Miguel Cairo. It has been said that he is also a great clubhouse guy (something the Reds will need with Cairo’s departure and the still unknown status of Scott Rolen.)
Last season for the Tribe, Hannahan posted a triple slash of .244/.312/.341 with 4 home runs and 29 RBI in 318 plate appearances. As of yet, no word on a deal.
I was contemplating to a recap of the Reds business from these meetings, but considering how little activity they had (but tons of rumors most of which have little juice), I will let you catch up by reviewing the other posts from the first two days.