Could the Reds be seriously looking to trade Ryan Ludwick?
According to a report by Bob Nightengale of the USA Today, Cincinnati is willing to part ways with the 36-year-old outfielder and what remains on his contract, by making him available for trade as we approach Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.
The #Reds are telling teams LF Ryan Ludwick is available, He's earning $7.5M, w/ $9 million mutual option or $4.5 million buyout in 2015..The report is a curious one as Ludwick hasn't exactly set the world on fire this season. In 245 at-bats, Ludwick is slashing .262/.325/.392 with six home runs and 27 RBI. These numbers are a far cry from the 26 home runs, 80 RBI, and .877 OPS he posted in 2012. In 2013, Ludwick appeared in only 38 games after suffering an injury on Opening Day, posting a .240/.293/.326 line with two home runs and 12 RBI.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2014
As Nightengale points out, Ludwick still has a pretty good chunk of change owed to him relative to the amount of production he's been providing over the past two seasons. If the Reds were able to find another team willing to take on his salary then by all means the team should pull the trigger on a trade. Getting Ludwick's salary off the payroll would be a step in the right direction in building for a stronger 2015 roster.
With that being said, I would be surprised if Ludwick gets moved. I know he has some value has a veteran, but I don't see any team willing to take him on.