The Cincinnati Reds have some decisions to make concerning their roster for the 2013 season, and for at least two of their free agents, the decision is complicated.
First, outfielder Ryan Ludwick declined his mutual option for $5 million for next season, opting instead to take a $500K buyout and try his hand at free agency.
Ludwick enjoyed his best season since 2008 with a .275 average, 26 HR, 80 RBI and an .877 OPS. Considering the dearth of corner outfielders on the free-agent market, Ludwick will likely earn more than the $5 million he declined.
As for Jonathan Broxton and Ryan Madson, the situation is a bit muddier.
The Reds are still considering moving current closer Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation. According to GM Walt Jocketty, that move will depend on whether the Reds can re-sign Broxton or Madson.
Madson's 2013 option for $11 million was declined by the Reds. Considering Madson missed the entire season following Tommy John surgery, that move was expected. The Reds, however, have expressed interest in Madson at a cheaper rate.
On the other hand, Broxton was healthy for the entire season, and his pitching throughout the season with both the Kansas City Royals and Reds reflected his good health.
Broxton could be in high demand for teams seeking out a closer and stands to make considerably more than the $4 million he was paid in 2012.