Reds talking with Ludwick
It’s been rather quiet on the Reds fron on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings…with one exception.
Talks with free agent OF Ryan Ludwick continued in the morning and there could be more upcoming. The two sides aren’t far apart.
“We met with them this morning. We’re waiting to see what their response is to our offer,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “I think we’re in the ballpark.”
Jocketty appears to be holding firm at not going longer than a two-year contract.
“I think they understand that,” he said.
There is still belief a deal can be reached here in Nashville.
“I would hope so. We just need some certainty going forward with the rest of our roster,” Jocketty said.
Other quick items:
*The Reds are not after leadoff hitter Shane Victorino. Reports out of Boston say the Reds Sox are the front runner with a three-year, $38 million offer.
*There have been Reds-D-backs talks as Arizona is reportedly looking to move outfielders like Gerardo Parra and Jason Kubel. I can’t see the Reds being able to afford Justin Upton. Jocketty said there was no match, thus far for anybody there.
*There are plans for the Reds to see if RHPs Homer Bailey and Mat Latos would be open to multi-year contracts. Both pitchers are eligible for arbitration.