MLB Trade Rumors: Which Contender Will Make a Play for Ryan Ludwick?
There are plenty of teams out there that will be on the prowl for a powerful right-handed bat, but the supply is not going to be able to keep up with the demand.
Because of that, the time is now to start monitoring the prize of this particular crop: San Diego Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick. His .251 average doesn't jump out at you, but his 10 home runs and 52 RBIs do. Take him out of Petco Park, and those numbers will go up.
Because Ludwick has rebounded so nicely this season, Tim Sullivan of The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote last week that Ludwick is likely to be traded before or on the July 31 trade deadline.
Saying that much is easy. Determining which teams will target Ludwick is a little bit more difficult. Sullivan names the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and Seattle Mariners as possibilities, but is also quick to point out that this is simply because these are the teams that have surfaced consistently on the rumor mill.
Well, we can add another team to that list: the Boston Red Sox. Doug Mittler proposed the idea on ESPN Insider's Rumor Mill on Wednesday, and he has a couple of points to support the idea. The first is that Ludwick would be a good fit in right field to complement J.D. Drew. The second is that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein would have no problem dealing with Padres GM and former understudy Jed Hoyer.
Makes sense. But once again, this is just speculation. Heck, I just heard Pedro Gomez toss the Cleveland Indians into the mix just because they need a bat to replace Shin-Soo Choo.
This is the way the winds seem to be blowing right now. Lots of art, but no matter.
In fact, there's a chance the Padres might choose to hold onto Ludwick. They're on a nice little run at the moment, and they might figure their eight-game deficit in the NL West is not insurmountable.
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