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Ludwick made a base salary of $2 million last season. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that his new contract includes a mutual option for 2015.
The Reds had expressed interest in acquiring a leadoff-hitting outfielder through free agency or a trade, but Ludwick's return appears to make it less likely that will happen. Last year, with rookie shortstop Zack Cozart logging the bulk of the at-bats in the No. 1 spot, Cincinnati's leadoff hitters ranked last in the major leagues with a .208 batting average and a .581 OPS.
Barring a change of plans, the Reds are expected to go with an outfield alignment of Ludwick in left field, Drew Stubbs in center and Jay Bruce in right again in 2013.Billy Hamilton, who set a minor league record with 155 stolen bases last season, switched from shortstop to the outfield during the Arizona Fall League and could arrive from the minors to take over the leadoff spot at some point next season.