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Ludwick opts for free agency

Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick has become a free agent after declining his contract option for $5 million next season.

Ludwick was the Reds' top hitter while first baseman Joey Votto missed 48 games with a knee injury, batting .340 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs. Ludwick made $2.5 million last season and got a $500,000 buyout on the 2013 option.

Relief pitcher Ryan Madson also became a free agent Wednesday after declining his contract option. Madson needed reconstructive elbow surgery after tearing a ligament during spring training and missed the entire season. Left-hander Aroldis Chapman moved into the role and saved 38 games in 43 chances.

Madson, who had a salary of $5,897,691 this season, would have made $11 million next year under the mutual option. He got a $2.5 million buyout.

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