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Ludwick hopes to return to Reds next season

CHICAGO -- Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick has revitalized his career in his first season with the club. Ludwick, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in January with a $5 million mutual option for 2013, hopes he can return to Cincinnati next season.

"I've told numerous people I like it here," Ludwick said. "I'm definitely going to do everything in my ability on my side to stay here. I know it's a business and budgets become factors in an organization. I'm really hoping everything works out."

Ludwick, who came out of Wednesday's 6-5, 11-inning win over the Cubs in the fifth inning as a precaution for a tight left groin and was rested Thursday. Ludwick is batting .276 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs this season.

CHICAGO -- Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick has revitalized his career in his first season with the club. Ludwick, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in January with a $5 million mutual option for 2013, hopes he can return to Cincinnati next season.

"I've told numerous people I like it here," Ludwick said. "I'm definitely going to do everything in my ability on my side to stay here. I know it's a business and budgets become factors in an organization. I'm really hoping everything works out."

Ludwick, who came out of Wednesday's 6-5, 11-inning win over the Cubs in the fifth inning as a precaution for a tight left groin and was rested Thursday. Ludwick is batting .276 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs this season.

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