The Pirates made another roster move today, acquiring outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. Ludwick is no longer the player he was when he was with his last NL Central team, the Cardinals, but can certainly upgrade the current outfield situation with Garrett Jones/Matt Diaz/Xavier Paul.
This season for the Padres Ludwick is hitting .228/.301/.358 which is well blow his career averages although when you play at Petco Park your numbers are going to take a hit. For his career he is a .262/.331/.461 hitter with 115 home runs in eight major league seasons. His most successful season came while he was in St. Louis back from 2007-2009 when he hit 73 home runs in his three seasons.
Just like the Derrek Lee trade this isn’t going to make the Pirates a serious contender, but it is going to help in the short term to take over for some really bad outfield play in the corner spots and then when Jose Tabata and Alex Presley get healthy he will be a nice bench/platoon option to give the Pirates some more options. The move was made to make the team better and I think that it did that. It isn’t a flashy move or a player like Hunter Pence or Carlos Beltran that can come in and put up huge numbers but it is a move that makes the team better.
Overall a solid move for Neal Huntington to make. He wasn’t going to be able to go out and get one of the big guns because this was a sellers market, in a big way. Coming into the deadline I think most people would have been happy with making the team better. As we look at the roster that is going to go on the field against the Cubs there is a much better chance of getting a win than what the Pirates trotted out there against the Braves and Phillies.