- Jim Bowden, ESPN Insider
Ludwick, 33, is a former All-Star and Silver Slugger winner (2008) and is hitting .238/.301/.373 with 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 64 RBIs in 420 plate appearances. Ludwick, whose numbers have declined since he had a career season in 2008, has a career .262/.301/.373 slash line. He can hit fifth or sixth in the Pirates' lineup. He has the ability to play either corner outfield position, and is an average defender.
Ludwick is the second veteran bat acquired by Pirates GM Neal Huntington, who traded for first baseman Derrek Lee from the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates' deals for Lee and Ludwick will not be difference-makers for the team. They are no longer middle-of-the-order production players, and both are in decline. The best part of these two deals is that they didn't include any of the Pirates' solid prospects.