Cincinnati picking up a $10 million option on Johnny Cueto for next season was a no-brainer decision and at the opposite end of the spectrum so are declining 2015 options on Ryan Ludwick and Jack Hannahan.
Ludwick gets a $4.5 million buyout instead of a $9 million option and Hannahan gets a $2 million buyout instead of a $4 million option, both of which are very pricey buyout figures.
Ludwick had a great first season with the Reds in 2012, hitting .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games on a cheap one-year contract, but then they signed him to a $15 million extension and he went on to hit just .243 with 11 homers and a .666 OPS in 150 games over the next two seasons.
Hannahan somehow talked the Reds into giving him a two-year contract after looking like little more than a decent bench player and then injuries wiped away even that modest value.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.