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Radio, TV reports say Reds, Ludwick agree to 2-year deal pending physical


There are reports on radio, television and the internet reporting that the Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a two-year, $15-million deal pending completion of a physical.

Ludwick signed a bargain-basement one-year, $2-million contract with Cincinnati in 2012 and emerged as the club’s regular left fielder and one of its most potent hitters to go along with Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier.

Ryan Ludwick was the Reds cleanup hitter in 2012 (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

After struggling with the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, the 34-year-old Ludwick, had a bounce-back season in 2012 where he hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs to help Cincinnati win the National League Central Division title.

He has played 10 Major League seasons with the Rangers, Indians, Cardinals, Padres, Pirates and Reds and is a .263 career hitter with 143 homers, 530 runs batted in and 850 base hits.

Angels make hard decision in releasing popular veteran Abreau


The LA Angels made a hard decision in releasing veteran outfielder/designated hitter Bobby Abreau.

Bobby Abreau with the Phillies (2004 photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)


The 38-year-old Abreau is in  his 17th Major League season in 2012, his fourth campaign with the Angels.  He appeared in 456 games with the Halos over the last three-plus seasons, batting .267 (443/1662) with 239 runs scored, 103 doubles, 43 home runs, 246 RBI and 75 stolen bases.  In 2011, he hit .253 (127/585) with 30 doubles, eight home runs, 60 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 142 games.  His streak of 150 games played ended at 13 consecutive seasons – the streak matched Willie Mays’ MLB record (1954-66).  Abreu also notched 20 stolen bases for the 13th consecutive season in 2011, the longest active streak in MLB.


The Venezuelan native is just one of four players all-time with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs & 350 stolen bases (Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio).  He is the only player in MLB history to log 20 HRs, 20 SBs & 40 2Bs in a season five times.  Abreu is a two-time All-Star (2004 & 2005), a Gold Glove recipient (2005) and a Silver Slugger honoree (2004).


For his career, the veteran is batting .293 with 1,413 runs scored, 557 doubles, 58 triples, 284 home runs, 1,330 RBI and 393 stolen bases.  He ranks eighth among actives with 2,389 hits and 1,413 runs, second in doubles (557), seventh in RBI (1,330) and sixth in stolen bases (393).  Abreu’s 2,389 career hits rank third all-time among Venezuelans.

Abreau has played in both leagues. Houston and Philadelphia in the National League and the Yankees and Angels in the American League.

Abreau was picked up by the crosstown rival Los Angeles Dodgers.


Info compiled from Los Angeles Angels &

Hall of Fame catcher Carter’s health worsens


Gary Carter in 2008 with Golden Baseball League (photo by Resolute via wikipedia commons)

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on the family’s website a few days ago that her dad’s condition has worsened.

She wrote that on Thursday, “several new tumors” have shown up on his brain.

The 57-year-old Carter was diagnosed in May of 2011 with four small tumors on his brain.

Carter in his Major League career played twice for Montreal, the New York Mets, San Francisco and the LA Dodgers.



Info compiled from Carter family website, Radio & TV news

Reds add catching depth with Navarro signing


Dioner Navarro with Tampa Bay in 2007 (photo by Wknight94 via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have several catchers vying for two spots, Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco and veteran non-roster invitee Corky Miller for the upcoming Spring Training.

On Monday, the team has signed Dioner Navarro to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training as a non-roster player in the big league camp.

The 27-year-old Navarro spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he hit .190 with five homers, 17 RBI’s and .276 on-base percentage in 64 games. He was released on August 30.

In over eight Major League seasons, Navarro has played for Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees. He was an AL All-Star for the Rays in 2008.

The Reds now have a Spring Training roster of 53.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Reds’ Bruce named National League Player of the Week


Jay Bruce (courtesy of

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, who is having another good season, has won the National League Player of the Week award for the second time this season.

He also enjoyed this distinction back in May and has won the award three times in four years.

Bruce has set career highs this year in homers with 26 and RBI’s with 74.

Bruce, the Reds 12th overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, led all Major League players in RBI’s (15), total bases (28) and slugging percentage (1.120) last week which ended on August 7th. The 24-year-old Texan also tied for the lead in home runs (5) and in runs scored (9).

Bruce also ranked in the top five among NL hitters in batting average (.440), hits (11) and on-base percentage (.481).

For his achievement, Bruce will receive a watch from Game Time.


Info courtesy of & Cincinnati Reds news

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