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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.

Indians sign more pitching depth in Garland

 

Jon Garland with San Diego Padres in 2010 (photo by Djh57 via wikipedia commons)

The Cleveland Indians have found a pitcher who could fill the void in their starting staff to replace Fausto Carmona, who is on baseball’s restricted list as he faces false identity charges in the Dominican Republic.

The Tribe has signed free agent pitcher Jon Garland to a minor league contract.

The 32-year-old Garland went 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA in with 9 starts for the Dodgers last season.

He won 14 games for the Padres in 2010.

The right-hander has won at least 12 games seven times and had two 18-win seasons as the ace of the Chicago White Sox.

Garland has also pitched for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Arizona. He has pitched twice for the Dodgers.

His career totals includes a 132-119 won-loss record, 4.32 ERA with 1,124 strikeouts.

Garland, who had shoulder surgery last July, will be in Goodyear, Arizona next week to take a physical. If he passes all the tests, he’ll officially sign the Indians’ contract and will have a chance to make the team’s starting rotation.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

Reds hire Jim Riggleman as minor league manager

 

Jim Riggleman as Nationals manager on Bloggers Day (photo by MissChatter via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they’ve hired former major league manager Jim Riggleman to lead their new Double-A affiliate in Pensacola.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos will play in the Southern League.

The new job will be Riggleman’s first in the dugout since his stunning decision to abruptly resign last June as the manager of the Washington Nationals over his contract situation when the team was in a hot streak, winning 11 of 12 games.

After leaving Washington, Riggleman worked as a scout for the San Francisco Giants.

Riggleman and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty have worked together before. Riggleman was the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League field coordinator while Jocketty was the team’s GM.

Riggleman, who is 59, has also managed the Padres, Cubs and Mariners.

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

Mr. Perfect Game Germano selected IL Player of the Week

 

Justin Germano (photo by Herm Card)

Columbus Clippers pitcher Justin Germano has been selected as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 25-31.

Germano’s award gives Columbus six on the season, tied with Gwinnett for the most IL.

Last Tuesday, Clippers right-hander Justin Germano accomplished something just four other pitchers have done in the IL which is 128 years old. He retired all 27 batters he faced to record a 9-inning perfect game, the first-ever for a member of the Columbus Clippers. He needed just 95 pitches to dispose of the Syracuse lineup, recording seven strikeouts in a 3-0 shutout.

The no-hitter is the bright spot in an otherwise up-and-down season for the journeyman pitcher.

After starting the season with Cleveland, Germano accepted an assignment to Columbus in May, but struggled in the bullpen. In early July he was moved to the starting rotation with mixed results.

Germano, who will be 29 on August 6, was originally drafted by San Diego in 2000. He has pitched for the Padres, Reds and Indians.

He is a native of Pasadena, California.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers & the International League

Harang has a re-birth in hometown of San Diego

 

Aaron Harang (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

During this past off-season, the Cincinnati Reds had a choice, should they pick up the $11 million option on Aaron Harang’s contract or go with their younger pitchers?

Like most teams in their position, the Reds chose to keep the money and put their fortunes in Travis Wood, Homer Bailey and Edinson Volquez.

The result has not been very good for the Reds. Wood is in the minors due to inconsistency, Bailey has been on and off the disabled list but has pitched well when healthy and Volquez has been to the minors twice to correct pitch effieciency, and control problems.

The Reds also had a huge option on veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who had consistently won between 12-16 games a year for the team. They decided to keep him over Harang as well.

As for Harang, he is having a comeback season in his hometown of San Diego.

The former Reds ace pitcher, who was struggling the last three years with the Reds at 18-38, has become the ace of the Padres staff. He is 9-2 and is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his past nine starts.

Recently, he beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4.

 

compiled from staff & San Diego Padres news

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