The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired San Diego Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick for a player to be named later or cash considerations, just as the 4:00 p.m. deadline expired.
Ludwick, 33, was close to being moved to the Cleveland Indians but a deal fell through and the Pirates after not getting far on a deal for Jason Kubel, moved on Ludwick in the final 90 minutes before the deadline.
Ludwick is hitting .238 with 11 home runs – 64 RBI’s and 18 doubles in 101 games played. Ludwick has a .301 on-base percentage and has walked 32 times this year.
The 33 year old outfielder is hitting just .172 in July and .192 since the All-Star break.
The right handed hitter is batting .264 vs lefties and .230 vs righties.
Ludwick is a career .262 hitter with 115 home runs and 439 RBI’s. His best season came in 2008 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, when he hit 37 home runs and 113 RBI’s.
Ludwick has had some success at PNC Park. Since 2008, Ludwick has batted .306 at PNC Park in 72 at-bats.