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Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 1:24 pm
 
The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of finishing what they started the other day, knocking off a deal to acquire Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick.

CBSSports.com first reported Saturday in the wake of Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez trade that the Indians were in position to acquire Ludwick on Sunday morning.

Though disappointing in San Diego since landing there last July, Ludwick's bat, once removed from cavernous Petco Park, could be a boost to the Indians in a tight AL Central race. Cleveland, which has been searching for outfield bats, landed Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs the other day.

In Ludwick, the Indians will get a one-time potent bat that has lost its stride in the past year. Ludwick is 3 for his past 21 and is hitting .238 with 11 homers and 64 RBI.

Acquired from the Cardinals at last July's trade deadline to boost a Padres team that then was challenging for the NL West title, Ludwick hit .211 with six homers and 26 RBI in 59 games for the Padres in 2010.

Still, because of Petco Park's vast dimensions, it's hard to say how close Ludwick can come in Cleveland to his 2009 form in St. Louis, when he hit 22 homers and collected 97 RBIs, or even '08, when he hit 37 homers with 113 RBI.

With Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore both on the disabled list, the Indians need whatever help can come their way.
Comments

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

I can't imagine them having to give up much for the guy, San Diego just wants to shed his 7 million dollar salary.



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

the Indians need whatever help can come their way.
Really? And a .211 hitter (2010) and .238 hitter (2011) is going to push them over the top?  This is a non-event unless the Tribe stretches more than is necessary and gives up more than they need to for this guy.  They should have just stuck to the plan of building through the draft with young players coming up through the minors and not traded their two best pitching prospects for Jimenez.  at what, 23-37 over their last 60 games?, this team is all of a sudden going to make a run at winning the Central?  Really?  They will be lucky to finish 3rd this year and should have stayed the course for the long haul.

Just goes to show what happens when management is pushed into a corner by impatient fans who only look at the short term.  The Cleveland Indians had a great future a couple days ago... now I'm not so sure.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

OH, MY CUBS............



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick....NOT

Pirates close the deal




Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick....NOT

Pirates close the deal




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

This makes no sense. Why are the Indians buying this much? This is a team built for 2012 or 2013, not 2011.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

The Indians should trade for Josh Willingham. He is a much better hitter and fielder. Looks like the Indians are getting ready for the stretch drive. Look out world...the Indians will be playing  in their first World Series since....who knows when. It's been that long!



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

My apology to the writer of the article, my response was to response to the article.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

This must be one of the most uneducated comments I've read in a while. You really need to do homework before posting, the tribe is one of the youngest teams in baseball, with the young guys starting to come through from the sell-offs of several years ago. They have been hanging in there even with injuries to cornerstone players, thats impressive for such a young team. They are learning how to play the long travel dawg-days of the major leagues, with much futher traveling and consecutive away series than ever happens in the minors. Don't underestimate how much that matter in the majors. That was why next season was the season they were expected to make the splash they are making now. So to sum up my long winded lesson to you, to state the indians will not be this close to first place in a long time is just completely ignorant.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Indians close to acquiring Ludwick

Well, for one thing we need all the bats we can get with Sizemore and Choo on the DL.  Sizemore may not even be on the team next year, so I don't think we need a worry about getting rid of anyone.


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