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Reds, Ludwick offical

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Left-fielder Ryan Ludwick has signed a two-year, $15-million deal to stay with the Cincinnati Reds.

He agreed to the deal over the weekend. It includes a mutual option for the 2015 season.

The 34-year-old outfielder batted .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBI in 125 games last season. He started 107 games in left field. When first baseman Joey Votto got hurt at midseason, Ludwick emerged as one of the team's most consistent run producers, helping the Reds win the NL Central division for the second time in three years.

Ludwick came to Cincinnati on a one-year, $2-million deal for 2012 that included a mutual option for 2013 at $5 million. He took a $500,000 buyout instead, interested in seeing what other teams would offer.

ChiSox ink Keppinger

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox say they have agreed to a three-year, $12-million contract with infielder Jeff Keppinger.

The team announced the deal Monday after reaching an agreement last week. He is set to earn $3.5 million next season, $4 million in 2014 and $4.5 million in 2015.

Keppinger hit a career-high .325 in 115 games with Tampa Bay last season. He made 41 starts at third base, 23 at second, 21 at first and 19 as the designated hitter. He is expected to play third for the White Sox. Kevin Youkilis finished last season there for Chicago and became a free agent.

Keppinger is a career .288 hitter over eight MLB seasons.

Latest Dodger purchase

LOS ANGELES -- Flush with cash after the team's sale this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are busy spending it on starting pitching.

The team introduced left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin of South Korea on Monday, making him the first player ever to go directly from the Korean league to the major leagues. Ryu signed a $36-million, six-year deal.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 11, 2012 C10

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