Re: Official waiver trade deadline thread (August 31)
If the rumors are true about Ludwick's return this weekend, it couldn't come at a better time.
My plan would be to give Ludwick 2 weeks to see if he can regain his stroke and be helpful this year. If he can, great. If he can't, I try to swing a deal for Alex Rios (surprise, surprise). If he clears waivers and/or falls to the Reds in the claims process, it will be a pretty good indicator of his market value, and what the Reds might have to give up for him and/or how much of his salary the White Sox could or should be willing to cover. The money in 2013 should be negligible but $12.5M in 2014 might need to be addressed.
In any event, it's pretty clear we'll need a CF for 2014, and Rios could fit that bill perfectly.