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Pirates acquire Ryan Ludwick from Padres for PTBNL or cash

Jul 31, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

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Ryan Ludwick was reportedly close to being traded to the Indians earlier this afternoon, but instead the Pirates have swooped in at the last minute to acquire the outfielder from the Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

It’s tough to pass any sort of judgment on the trade without knowing the PTBNL’s identity, although the “or cash considerations” part certainly suggests it won’t be a noteworthy prospect heading San Diego’s way.

Even if the price tag was low the Pirates are betting on Ludwick turning things around following an extremely unproductive 160-game stretch with the Padres in which he hit just .228 with a .301 on-base percentage and .358 slugging percentage after being acquired from the Cardinals in the middle of last season.

In addition to Ludwick the Pirates also added another veteran right-handed hitter in Derrek Lee, who’s also struggled this year with a .246 batting average and .706 OPS in 85 games for the Orioles. So while the Pirates have brought in some experienced reinforcements for their first taste of contention in a long time, they did so without giving up any significant long-term building blocks and bet on second-half turnarounds instead.

  1. brianbowman16 - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    good for the Pirates not going insane and trading top guys to bring in rentals

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Yeah, good moves for the Pirates. Essentially no risk involved. Who the hell knows, maybe Ludwick or Lee catches fire.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    If there was anyone in the baseball world who predicted before the season that the Pirates and Indians would be buyers at the trade deadline and not sellers, that person would make Miss Cleo very jealous!

  4. jamie54 - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Ludwick and Lee for two six-packs and a bag of Doritos, even swaps.

  5. icanspeel - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Considering they really didn’t give up anything that was a good trade for the Pirates.

  6. micker716 - Jul 31, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Ludwick was picked at the deadline last year by the Pads with the hope he would be the difference down the stretch. He was the guy that was going to give Adrian Gonzalez some protection in the batting order. He hit .211 with 6 HR’s in 59 games. The Padres lost the division on the last day of the season despite Ludwick’s contribution. Cash considerations were more than generous.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    “Even if the price tag was low the Pirates are betting on Ludwick turning things around following an extremely unproductive 160-game stretch with the Pirates in which he hit just .228 with a .301 on-base percentage….”

    I think you mean with the Padres.

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