Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Many around the baseball world thought Ryan Ludwick's better days were behind him after the 2011 season. And who could honestly blame them? The former UNLV Runnin' Rebel was coming off back-to-back seasons in which saw his offensive production decline sharply. He was traded midseason twice during those years, once from the Cardinals to San Diego in 2010, and then again in 2011 when the Padres sent him packing to Pittsburgh. The spacious corridors of PETCO Park appeared to limit his offensive productivity and a change of scenery to PNC Park didn't seem to help much either. Ludwick's value bottomed out after posting a .237 batting average, .310 on-base percentage, and only 13 homers in '11. Yes, his glory years as a member of the Cardinals were beginning to look like a distant memory and the end of his professional life as a major leaguer was fastly approaching. That's when GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds entered the picture. Jocketty was in search for a right-handed slugger to ...
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