The Mets are open to offering OF Ryan Ludwick a two-year deal, worth between $6-7 million per year, tweets Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.
“They may end up budgeting a few extra dollars to address their severe outfield needs,” the New York Posts’s Joel Sherman added.
The Reds and Ludwick will meet today in Nashville and it’s possible he might accept their current offer, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer said earlier today.
Davidoff believes the Reds are still the favorites to re-sign Ludwick, despite interest from other teams.
Ludwick, 34, hit .275 with a .346 OBP, .877 OPS, 26 HR and 80 RBI in 422 at-bats with the Reds in 2012.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Ludwick’s market has certainly been helped by Angel Pagan‘s new four-year, $40 million deal with the Reds. He had a great bounce back year after some disappointing seasons with the Cardinals and Pirates. He hit better at Great American Ballpark than he did on the road, and so I worry about how he’ll fare in a smaller park like Citi Field. My bet is he stays with the Reds, though. He was so productive for them last year, they are clearly more playoff-ready than the Mets and he is very familiar with that division.