Still quiet with Reds, Ludwick

I wish I have some massive scoops about the Reds for you…but nothing doing at the moment. Here’s what I can tell you:

The Reds are still talking to Ryan Ludwick but haven’t gotten any closer, it appears. General manager Walt Jocketty spoke to Ludwick’s agent again Wednesday and also directly to Ludwick.

“We’re still a little ways apart. I hope we get something resolved,” Jocketty said.

*There has been no traction gained on the search for a leadoff hitter. There was some hallway speculation that the Reds were talking to the Rockies about Dexter Fowler, but that was shot down by Jocketty.

*The Reds are one of a few clubs talking with former Indians infielder Jack Hannahan. If the Reds got the free agent Hannahan, it would be for a utility role.

“The last two days have been really slow,” Jocketty said.

*There is a chance the Reds could take someone in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday but an even better chance the player or players they want will be off the board. Cincinnati has the second-to-last selection.

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