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Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 4:15 pm
 


Score one for the Pittsburgh Pirates: They snuck around Cleveland minutes before Sunday's trade deadline and acquired outfielder Ryan Ludwick for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Buyers for the first time since 1992, the Pirates wind up with both Ludwick and first baseman Derrek Lee as they continue their surprising push in the NL Central.

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 Pirates in a tight NL Central race.

In Ludwick, the Pirates 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 Pittsburgh 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.

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Tinker ~~ Just buy your stuff from a store and NOT on the internet.  Store buying saves jobs, keeps money local in the community, provides sales tax revenue for our police and schools.  Buy YOUR Bucco gear at a store!
Internet's cheaper.



Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

As a die-hard Pirates fan, it's nice to see them in the "buyer" role at the trade deadline.  However, I doubt this move, along with the Derrek Lee acquisition, will make the impact necessary to push them over the top and get them to the post-season.  Both players are past their prime, and will cause more lineup headaches for Clint Hurdle once Jose Tabata, Alex Pressley, and Ryan Doumit return from injury.

Interestingly enough, Lee and Lyle Overbay (who may be traded before I finish this post) will become free agents at season's end.  Then the Bucs will be left looking for another first baseman.  Steve Pearce?  Not an option. 
That's not even the point of these trades.  To make a run for a playoff spot and get the best players that were available, Pit would have to trade-off their top prospects and their is still no guarantee of success. 

As a Pit fan, you should be happy or pleased they didn't sacrifice the next 5-10 yrs for the outside chance they could even make the playoffs this year for rental players.  And if they even made the playoffs, the odds that they could or would go all the way are slim to none.

The 'veterans' that they traded for, can and will help the youth of this team to learn what to expect in a playoff push, how to handle pressure, expectations and the mental aspect of being in this position.  Look at even inside their division w/ the Brewers in '08 and the Reds last year; they had the majority of young players w/o this experience and they got blown out / swept in the Division Series. 

The youth of this team, to be successful in the next few years, needs to learn how to win big ball games...that was the point of these trades.  They also got depth at these positions w/o giving up top prospects. Needing to figure out who will be playing 1B next year for a team that will push for a playoff spot over the next several years is a 'good' problem; other then having to find a 1B to play for a team trying not to end up below ~0.500.

  







Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

So Pittsburgh bangs Cleve-land again.  Just a prelude to the NFL season when the Squealers will run roughshod over the Brownstains.  Indians=Cubs + a much more depressing city.  Is the Cuyahoga River on fire again?  I heard they relegated the Cavs to the CBA like they do to foreign soccer teams who finish in deadarse last.  If Cedar Point and the NFL HOF weren't close to Cleve-land there would be no reason to go w/in 50 miles of the place.  Cuck Fleveland, go Tigers.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

We jsut lost 5 of 6 to Cardinals and Phillies because we bascially have NO POWER on this squad (and we didn't pitch well, save for Karstens today and our pitching last Sunday)

Lee and Ludwick add serviceable power bats.  They willbe a great improvement over Overbay, Peace, Diaz and Jones.

I have a feeling Ludwick will get a better stroke to his game now that he is out of PETCO.  And Lee appears to be into his yearly second half upswing.  Consdiering we gave up nothing more than mid-level minor league prospects for these two bats, we will have an improved offense, and our D in RF and 1B will improve as well



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Ludwich will be a good player for the Pirates.  Probably finish off the year at .270 with 85 RBI's.  Still in his prime
so a good deal for the Pirates.  Who did the Padres get, another pitcher probably?  I guess we need 0.00 era's for us to win
because the offense is so offensive.  Pretty sad when you have been shut out 15 times already this season.  Happy for Pittsburgh.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Well my non expert opinion not that the experts are ever right my opinion the Bucs should have stood still instead of doing a deal. This is not a impact player who is going to make a difference at all. I think the Pirates should keep the team they have now instead of bringing anyone in so they gain experience , anyone with any baseball intellegence knows they are not going to make the play offs this year. Next year is a more realistic chance.

Pirates showed this last week they are one step below a play off team , they have been playing their best ball but they are still losing these games except for Firdays game blow out that happened to them. Patience Pirate fans you waited 17 years for a winning season let them learn how to win together before you add a piece to put you over the top .



Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

As a die-hard Pirates fan, it's nice to see them in the "buyer" role at the trade deadline.  However, I doubt this move, along with the Derrek Lee acquisition, will make the impact necessary to push them over the top and get them to the post-season.  Both players are past their prime, and will cause more lineup headaches for Clint Hurdle once Jose Tabata, Alex Pressley, and Ryan Doumit return from injury.

Interestingly enough, Lee and Lyle Overbay (who may be traded before I finish this post) will become free agents at season's end.  Then the Bucs will be left looking for another first baseman.  Steve Pearce?  Not an option. 



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Seriously, I like the additional poewr of Ludwick and Lee, as well.  Tho, I think Ludwick is a F/A at the end of the year.  Our lineup seriously needed an injection of long ball threats form the corners; now we have two.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Tinker ~~ Just buy your stuff from a store and NOT on the internet.  Store buying saves jobs, keeps money local in the community, provides sales tax revenue for our police and schools.  Buy YOUR Bucco gear at a store!



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Both are nice moves by the Pirates.


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