Pirates acquire Padres outfielder Ludwick

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Pirates acquired San Diego Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick before Sunday's trade deadline in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

The Pirates reportedly had interest in Ludwick for a while, but a trade to the Cleveland Indians looked more likely earlier Sunday. As the deadline approached, the Pirates again got involved, according to Yahoo Sports.

Ludwick, 33, was hitting .238 for the Padres this season with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs. He hit .314 in May, but the production dropped as the season progressed and he hit .172 in July.

Ludwick had his best season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, hitting .299 with 37 home runs. His production fell somewhat in 2009 and '10. He then hit a wall when he was traded to the Padres and spacious Petco Park at last year's trade deadline.

The Pirates would owe Ludwick about $2.2 million of his $6.775 million salary. He re-signed with the Padres in the off-season and will be a free agent after the season.

Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com .


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