Originally Posted by Edd Roush
My point is not that the Reds cannot afford Ryan Ludwick, but rather the Reds may be better served to use the money that Ludwick will get in free agency by acquiring another outfielder who value isn't so high after a big year especially considering we have holes in the bullpen and in centerfield. Again, I would not mind re-signing Ludwick. I just don't think we are in a position where we need to overpay and we need to understand the limitation of our resources.
The left fielder on the team is likely the cleanup hitter in the starting lineup. He is an important offensive piece.
What I always liked about Ludwick is that he seemed adequate to fill that role, yet was not a big name, not a high salaried guy.
Hard for me to name a comparable or better LFer who will come much cheaper.
If this were a bench player or middle reliever then I'd be open to low cost gambles. But given the role the LFer plays in the lineup, given the team's makeup, I want Ludwick or better, which means some expenditure of funds will be necessary.