CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 18: Ryan Ludwick #48 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on August 18, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Given the year outfielder Ryan Ludwick has had, it seems to be a given that the Cincinnati Reds will exercise their portion of the $5 million mutual option they hold for the slugger for the 2013 season. However, Ludwick himself admits to not thinking much about his portion of the pending option, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
"That’s so far down the road I haven’t even thought about it to be honest with you," he said. "My main goal right now is to finish the year healthy, finish the year strong, finish the season the way I’ve been playing, try to get to the postseason and win a ring.
"Then we’ll talk about that stuff when the season’s over."
Ludwick signed a contract with the Reds in February that is paying him $2 million this season and includes the aforementioned option with a $500,000 buyout.
The deal has turned into quite the bargain for Cincinnati, as Ludwick has hit .270/.341/.571 with twenty-three doubles and twenty-five home runs over 333 at-bats. The 34-year-old owns a career clip of .262/.333/.468 over ten seasons at the major league level.
Should Ludwick exercise his portion of the mutual option for 2013?