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The Indians are making a “strong push” for Ryan Ludwick

Jul 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

Ryan Ludwick

Ah, the deadline. When teams get all determined to move heaven and Earth to obtain … OK bats. To that end, Rosenthal tweets that the Indians are “making a strong push” for Ryan Ludwick.  This the day after they landed Kosuke Fukudome.

As we said yesterday when that trade went down, the Indians are in an eminently winnable division, so it may not take much to keep them in it.  With Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore out, the outfield is in desperate need of some pop, and Ludwick could help provide a little. Again, no game-changer, but a bit better than their current options.

If they were to get Ludwick — and if Choo and Sizemore’s rehab go as planned — they could have a fairly crowded outfield towards the end of the season.  There are worse problems to have, however.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Rosenthal is making a strong push to use all the descriptions in his arsenal.

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM

      yes, but are they in “substantive talks” ?

  2. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    While I agree that Ludwick is just an OK bat at this point, having him bat behind or in front of Hafner should get both of them some pitches to hit, plus with Ludwick batting right handed,add some matchup juju to the Tribes lineup. If this goes down, he may actually be re-signable even with the Tribe’s limited resources.

  3. RK - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    (Right Ludwick + Lefty Fukudome = 1 Decent Outfielder) > (Buck + Kearns = Sobbing, gnashing of teeth)

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