Pirates acquire Ryan Ludwick
A day after adding Derrek Lee, the Pirates acquired Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The Pirates have been actively seeking to upgrade their corner outfield and the hope is that Ludwick will provide the production the Pirates have been lacking. In 101 games with the Padres this season, Ludwick has hit .238 with 11 homers and 64 RBIs.
Earlier on Sunday, a source said that while Ludwick was being eyed by the Pirates, he was not their primary target. The acquisition means that the Pirates’ attempts to trade for other potential outfielders were unsuccessful.
This marks the second straight season that Ludwick has been a part of a July 31 trade. He was sent from the Cardinals to the Padres last year but hit only .211 in 59 games with San Diego to end the season.
Like the Lee deal, the Pirates do not appear to be giving up too much in return for Ludwick. That means that the Pirates will likely have to pay Ludwick most, if not all, of his remaining $6.775 million salary. Ludwick, 33, will be a free agent after the season.
– Jenifer Langosch