Ryan Ludwick went with heart as much as his wallet when he re-upped with the Reds for two more years.
“He had several clubs chasing after him,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “Two or three in particular would have good places for him to play. At least one had more money on the table. That’s a credit to Ryan.”
“Money gets brought into the game of baseball a lot,” Ludwick said. “But happiness means a lot to me. I’m extremely, extremely happy here.”
Players coming years in which they did not produce like Ludwick have gotten deals that were longer and for more money per year than he got.
“I had some offers,” Ludwick said. “I told Walt that I’d come back here if the deal was fair. I wasn’t looking for the biggest dollar. Walt stood true to what he said. I stood true to what I said. Ultimately, if you take all the teams in Major League Baseball and take the one team where I wanted to be, this was it.”
“I let Walt know that at the end of the year,” Ludwick said. “I’m really, really happy and excited to be back.”
Ludwick has seen the other side. He was traded to San Diego in 2010 and Pittsburgh in ’11 at the deadline. He struggled both places.
“Nothing against those organizations or those cities,” he said. “But, for me, it didn’t work. I wasn’t happy. It was tough on me mentally at times. Here, it was completely different feel from Day 1.”