Recent Push by the Indians
Ryan Ludwick is one of many players the San Diego Padres are looking to trade.
Ludwick, at 33 years of age, will be a free agent after this season. He’d be a cheaper alternative to the likes of Hunter Pence or Carlos Quentin while still being a difference maker at the plate. He has 11 homers and 62 RBI so far and is hitting .238.
Jon Heyman tweeted the four teams interested in Ludwick are the Phillies, Reds, Braves, and Indians. Mark Bowman wrote that Ludwick was “atop the Braves’ wish list.”
Cleveland recently made a “strong push” for Ludwick, according to Ken Rosenthal.
The Indians recently acquired Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs, but still need more help in the outfield. Both Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo are on the disabled list.
Once Pence is either traded or officially untouchable, other teams could express more interest in Ludwick. Buster Olney mentioned that trade talks between Philadelphia and San Diego seem to be held up while the Phillies continue to hope that the Astros will move Pence.