Originally Posted by brm7675
To me this is a move to upgrade our LF position since our present manager doesn't see Heisey as the answer. Now Frazier or Yonder may be that answer next year, but for right now, it's hard to argue that Ludwick isn't an upgrade over Gomes or Lewis...
A couple of things probably need to be pointed out. While Ludwick would be an upgrade it would not be a significant one.
Here is Jonny Gomes OPS vs Lefties over the last 3 seasons
By contrast Ludwick is a career .763 OPS against lefties. So if you get right down to it what the Reds need in LF right now with their current configuation is a guy that can platoon and hit righties. I thought Fred Lewis would be the guy. So far it has not happened, but there are a lot of other things they could look at to fill that role before they trade for 4 months of Ryan Ludwick.
The other thing is regardless of what you think of Heisey he has value. He can run, he can play defense and and most importantly he is cheap and under control for several more years. I would have no probably sending him in a package with some other guys for a signifcant piece like a front line starter or a Matt Kemp type bat, but moving him for 4 months of a marginal upgrade on a team that already leads all of baseball in runs seems like a misallocation of assets.