"They may end up budgeting a few extra dollars to address their severe outfield needs," Sherman says.
Ludwick, who just turned 34 in July, hit .275 with a .346 OBP and .877 OPS with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 422 at-bats over 122 games with the Reds in 2012. He hit .268 with 16 home runs and 46 RBI at Great American Ballpark, and hit .282 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI on the road.
The Reds have made an offer to Ludwick, the team's manager Dusty Baker told reporters today. The Mariners and Braves have also been linked to Ludwick in rumors this off season.
Ludwick had nice year in Cincinnati. However, at 34 and looking for a multi-year deal, I'm skeptical. I'd be shocked if he gets a two-year deal, but with the way this free-agent outfield market has been playing out, who knows?