The San Diego Padres continued to make moves to improve their offense by going out and acquiring St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick in a three-team trade.
To acquire Ludwick the Padres sent minor league pitcher Nick Greenwood to the Cardinals and also sent minor league pitcher Corey Kluber to the Cleveland Indians as a part of the three-way deal.
Ludwick, 32, has had a solid season with the Cardinals, batting .281 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI's in 77 games.
In the last two full seasons Ludwick has been the protection for Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. He's done a good job at it, averaging 105 RBI's and almost 30 home runs in those two seasons.
With the acquisition of Tejada and now Ludwick the Padres have successfully solidified the middle of their lineup behind first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Another major benefit of this trade is that Ludwick is not only an acquisition for this year but also for next year as Ludwick is still arbitration-eligible in 2011. He won't be eligible for free agency until 2012.
I think that the Padres have made a great acquisition here for this season and for next season at a minimal cost. Now the real question is can Ludwick be as productive in San Diego as he was in St. Louis?
Only time will tell.
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