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UPDATE: Pirates reportedly “close” to getting Ryan Ludwick from Padres

Jul 31, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

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UPDATE: And now Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says the Pirates, not the Indians, are “close” to acquiring Ludwick from the Padres.

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Last night the Indians and Padres were said to be discussing a deal for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the two sides are “getting close” to pulling the trigger.

Ludwick has been terrible for the Padres since they acquired him from the Cardinals in the middle of last season, hitting .228 with a .301 on-base percentage and .358 slugging percentage in 160 games, but he wouldn’t be the first power hitter to see his production plummet calling Petco Park home.

Ludwick has been only slightly better on the road since joining the Padres and may simply have declined at age 33, but he hit .280 with a .507 slugging percentage in three-plus seasons for the Cardinals and the impending free agent figures to come with modest price tag.

This would be Ludwick’s second go-around in Cleveland, as he spent 2003 to 2005 in the Indians’ farm system and played a total of 73 games for them in the majors before leaving as a minor-league free agent at age 27.

  1. spudchukar - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Yesterday, I was going to add that the trade for Jimenez would be more valid, if the Indians augmented the deal with some hitters. The Ludwig deal helps that argument. When he played for St. Louis he was stellar. A very good outfielder, with an above average arm, who is very accurate, and has a quick release, resulting in many outfield assists. Sure he strikes out more than he should, but he has big time power, and is a clutch hitter. Many in St. Louis were sorry to see him moved last year, but the truth is the Red Birds had a plethora of quality outfielders and he was expendable. Indian fans: You are getting a quality guy, who plays hard every day.

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      Yep. I liked him when he played for the Indians for 3 years before. They never really gave him a legitimate chance, but he always seemed to give 100%. Also, although Gleeman says he has been terrible since the Padres got him last year, he does lead them in HR’s (11) and RBI (64). Those 64 ribee’s would lead the Indians as well, btw.

    • b7p19 - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      After watching for what amounts to 1 full season in SD, I can say, spudchukar, that he is not a “very good outfielder” anymore. He’s average at best defensively, and I’d lean more toward below average. Offensively he has power, but he was impossibly frustrating to watch at the plate. He swung at so many bad pitches, I went through a few remotes during the past year. Good guy though, I wish him the best in Cleveland.

  2. icanspeel - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Be funny if he goes to the Indians because last night he doubles off Jimenez and today they might be teammates. His average may be down, but he is still good at driving in runs

  3. derpdederpdederp - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Their offense is gonna need more help than a batter struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line can provide. Theyre much improved but still not a playoff team. The fact that they probably got damaged goods in Ubaldo doesnt bode well for them this year or in the future

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