Re: Off-season Lookout
Over the past 4 seasons, he has an OPS+ of 106 i.e. slightly above average. His defense is below average. I agree that now is the time for him to cash in, but I really don't think Ludwick's going to get an offer that will carry him into his age-38 season.
Raul Ibanez - He's currently on a 1-year contract. The contract he signed before that--a 3-year deal for a 36-year-old--was considered by many to be ridiculous. On top of that, he had much better numbers Ludwick's leading up to the deal.
Carlos Lee - In hindsight, it was a horrible contract. He was 30 years old and coming off 4 straight 30-homer seasons when he signed it. He far exceeded what Ludwick has ever done.
Cody Ross - He has never signed a multi-year deal in his life, so I'm not sure how that helps your point.
Jayson Werth - I don't even know how you can compare Ludwick to Werth. Granted, it's considered to be one of dumbest contracts in baseball, but I don't think Ludwick will get offered 25% of the amount of Werth's contract.