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Ludwick to decline Reds option

A year ago it seemed that Ryan Ludwick was fortunate to find a major league job. But after a strong season with Cincinnati, CBS reports that he will decline his half of a $5 million mutual option in hopes of signing a more lucrative contract.

Ludwick, 34, hit .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBIs playing half his games in the cozy ballpark in Cincinnati. He hit .237 with 13 homers in 2011 and batted .211 with six homers after being traded in 2010 from the Cardinals to the Padres. Overall, he hit .251 with 17 homers including his time in St. Louis in 2010.

According to reports, Ludwick seeks a multi-year deal and the Reds seems to be intersted in renegotiating.