Now he may be the second biggest bat on the market! We are ten games out so let's sell!
What teams could use Ludwick:
What are we looking for? SS, C, 2B
What teams would give:
I love Jason Kipnis's bat and defense a second and would give Ludwick and Hudson for Kipnis. It seems a little unlikely though.
I found a creative way to balance the salary and get a big player. Bell(7mil), Ludwick(6mil), and Venable for Raul Ibanez (one year bad contract 13 mil) and Domonic Brown (amazing player). The salary is even and SD gets a mega player (Brown) and Philly gets rid of Ibanez and gets the best closer.
Pairing Bell and Ludwick makes it easier to get a MLB-ready top prospect. I like Teheran and Randall Delgado, though Teheran is likely untouchable. Bell and Ludwick for Delgado and JJ Hoover.
We can keep him and get a comp. pick next year! 55th overall or such. We could get another Michael Kelly and 1/2 year or Ludwick!
I'd like this deal the most, or the Brown deal. Ryan Ludwick for Chris Heisy. It would allow us to deal Bell to the Rangers for Profar. Hiesy would be a perfect 2-hole guy and could help now!
San Diego could probably pull off a decent prospect for Ludwick, and I like Nick Franklin, but I covet Micheal Pineada so here is the trade:
Mike Adams, Ryan Ludwick, Dustin Mosely, Aaron Harang and Cash for Michael Pineda and the best prospect available not named Dustin Ackley.
Then we slide Pineda into the rotation, trade Bell for Profar, sign the recently released Scott Kazmir to a 2-year deal with options to fill the 5-spot in the rotation, and put Kyle Blanks in LF for Ludwick. Fill Adams, Bell, and Qualls spots like this:
CL Luke Gregerson
SU Ernesto Frieri
SU Evan Scribner
MI Sam Deduno
MI Pat Neshek
LR Wade LeBlanc
LS Cory Luebke
1. CF Cameron Maybin
2. SS Jason Bartlett
3. 3B Chase Headley
4. LF Kyle Blanks
5. 1B Anthony Rizzo
6. RF Chris Denorfia
7. C Nick Hundley
8. 2B Orlando Hudson
SP1 Mat Latos
SP2 Michael Pineda
SP3 Tim Stauffer
SP4 Scott Kazmir
SP5 Clayton Richard
Obviously I like this deal the most because we get Profar and Pineda.
The system has Rizzo, Profar, Austin, Spangenberg, Pineda, Jace Peterson, Hedges, Kelly, Ross, Tate, Fuentes, Castro, other Kelly, Gyorko, and Darnell. That is a top 5 system.