The Cincinnati Reds continue to work under the radar and are quietly building a World Series contender in the process.
Now he joins a Reds team that keeps on dealing.
They already made one of the boldest trades of the offseason in landing starting pitcher Mat Latos. They also traded for setup man Sean Marshall and signed closer Ryan Madson.
With the pitching staff secure, Jocketty turned his attention to the outfield. Aside from RF Jay Bruce, CF Drew Stubbs and the versatile Chris Heisey, the outfield rotation was highly in question.
Ludwick provides a veteran presence with playoff experience. He is also an established pinch hitter, something that is much more difficult than you’d think.
Expect Ludwick to start roughly 100 games and provided unbelievable defense. In over 700 games, the utility man has an incredibly low 11 errors.
While he isn’t going to hit 25 home runs again, the small measurements of Great American Ballpark should give his numbers from 2011 a sizable boost.
It’s the latest move that fits the Reds tight budget yet makes the team better in the process. With Albert Pujols out of St. Louis and Prince Fielder all but forgotten in Milwaukee, the Reds are going to enter the 2012 season as the team to beat in the NL Central.