December 11, 2012 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Signed Outfielder Ryan Ludwick left the Reds to see if there was a better deal available on the free agent market. He found at least one, but turned it down to stay with Cincinnati. Ludwick signed a two-year, $15 million deal on Monday that includes a mutual option for the 2015 season. He agreed to the contract over the weekend and came for the formal announcement. The 34-year-old outfielder batted .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBIs in 125 games last season, when he started 107 times in left field. He hit three homers in the Reds’ first-round playoff loss to the San Francisco Giants.

• The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed free agent reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year contract worth $6.75 million. The 36-year-old Grilli has enjoyed a career renaissance in Pittsburgh since originally signing with the Pirates in July 2011. He went 1-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 64 games in 2012 and struck out 13.8 batters per nine innings, fourth-best in the National League.

Named Texas Tech has named offensive line coach Chris Thomsen interim coach of the Red Raiders for their game against Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Dec. 28.

Announced All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft. Hankins, who said he plans to return to finish his degree, appeared in 38 games the past three years and started every game the past two seasons. He was fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 with 67, including 11 for minus yardage. This past season he was fifth in tackles with 55, including four tackles for a loss. Hankins ends his Buckeyes career with 138 tackles.


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