Re: Ludwick out until at least mid-August
Originally Posted by mth123
I guess the lost decade has jaded me, but I fear this will cause the team to pass on finding a productive bat only to see Ludwick have a setback after the deadline. Get a RH bat that can play a little defense and let him play CF against LHP, fill in for Ludwick a couple days per week (he needed frequent rest even before the injury) and let him spot for Bruce when he goes into a cold spell. Robinson could go south at any time, Paul already has cooled and who knows what to expect from Heisey. Ludwick's status shouldn't stop the Reds from pursuit of a rental bat, but may make it necessary that its a guy who can play all three OF spots.
It's such a tough call. Ideally you don't have to lean on Ludwick, but this team has other places that could use upgrades as well. Robinson has already fallen off a cliff, but while Paul has also fallen off a cliff (.652 OPS in June), he's still getting on base at a decent cliff. With the indications that Ludwick is ahead of schedule, I think they're going to leave LF as it is. Maybe they target an Aramis Ramirez type which would allow Frazier to be used in LF if needed, but I just don't see them getting a real upgrade in LF.
"The guy I think could be really good in center is Adam Dunn. If someone asked me if Dunn could be a center fielder for the next 10 years, if he started working on it, no one could explain to me why he couldn’t do it." - Brad Kullman