Ryan Ludwick declines mutual option, becomes free agent

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Ryan Ludwick and the Reds had a $5 million mutual option for 2013, but the outfielder turned down his half today to become a free agent.

It was an easy call for Ludwick, who turned his career around after back-to-back poor seasons by hitting .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games. That was his best production since 2008, when Ludwick hit .299 with 37 homers and a .966 OPS in 152 games for the Cardinals.

Both sides have said they’re interested in working out a new deal that would keep Ludwick in Cincinnati, but with the free agent market relatively short on power bats his price tag could involve a multi-year deal at age 34.

Brian Dozier’s shot to center got stuck in the wall at Target Field

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You don’t see this every day …

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit a blast to dead-center field in the first inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Tigers and it neither cleared the fence, nor banged off the fence, nor dropped in front of it.

Instead, the ball found a comfortable home inside the wall …

This isn’t the first wall-sticker for Dozier. He put a ball in the bullpen fence in Washington during an exhibition game against the Nationals back in 2016.