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Reds sign Ludwick

Former Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick, 33, has inked a contract with the Reds for 2012 with an option for the 2013 season.

Ludwick, who had an All-Star season with the Cardinals in 2008 when he hit .299 with 37 homers and 113 RBIs, has been on a steady decline since then. He hit .265 with 22 homers and 97 RBIs in 2009. In 2010 he hit .251 with 17 homers and 69 batted in with the Redbirds and the Padres and last year he bottomed out at .237 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs between San Diego and Pittsburgh.

While San Diego has a lousy hitters stadium, Ludwick fared no better in the more fair confines of PNC Park. We'll see if his career is revived by playing in hitter-friendly Cincinnati where Ludwick looks to be a part of a platoon situation.

He failed to draw a lot of attention in the off-season because of the downward trend of his offensive statistics. Ludwick was said to be in the sights of Oakland for a while but the Athletics seemed to lose interest once they inked Covelli "Coco" Crisp to a two-year deal.

The Nationals were also rumored to be kicking the tires on Ludwick -- along with another former Cardinal, Rick Ankiel. But they seem to be the most likely destination for former Milwaukee slugging first baseman Prince Fielder.

Terms of the deal had no been released as of Monday night.