Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 2 months ago

Ludwick was released by the Rangers on Sunday, John Blake of the team's official website reports.

Ludwick found out earlier in the week that he wouldn't make the big-league club, and he apparently prefers to look for employment elsewhere. While unlikely to land on an Opening Day roster, the 36-year-old outfielder should draw some interest from other organizations in need of depth.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 2 months ago

Ludwick will not make the Opening Day roster, and he is now considering his options, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Ludwick could look to catch on with another organization, but given that he's having a poor spring and hasn't been productive since 2012, the 36-year-old may just opt to open his season with Triple-A Round Rock. He owns an ugly .200/.188/.300 slash line through 30 at-bats in Cactus League play, and it's possible retirement is also on his radar.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 2 months ago

Ludwick has just four hits in 21 at-bats this spring, with the left-field competition yet to be decided according to the team's web site.

Ludwick has seemingly fallen behind Jake Smolinski and Ryan Rua, but a hot week at the plate could alter things significantly.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 4 months ago

Ludwick agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, John Blake of the team's official site reports.

The deal also includes a major league invite for Ludwick, so he'll have a shot to crack the big league roster as a reserve outfielder. The 36-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Reds, but was bought out after last season's .244/.308/.375 campaign. While he likely won't be able to reproduce his career-best 2012 season with 26 home runs and 80 RBI, he could provide useful depth for the Rangers.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 7 months ago

The Reds have declined Ludwick's $9 million team option, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

Ludwick was serviceable in 112 games in 2014, hitting .244 with nine homers but with the hefty price tag, it's not a total surprise that the Reds opted to buy him out. The 36-year-old may have to settle for being a bench player, but he'll land on his feet somewhere for the 2015 season.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 8 months ago

Ludwick is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.

This is the third straight start that Ludwick will be sitting out as Jason Bourgeois gets the start in left field. Ludwick can no longer be counted on as a regular starter, as he has only played in half the games this month.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 8 months ago

Ludwick is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Ludwick has made three straight starts in left field for the Reds, but will sit in favor of Yorman Rodriguez for the Sunday night contest. The 36-year-old is hitless in his last three games, and batting just .226 in September, so a day of rest was likely needed.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 8 months ago

Ludwick is not in the Reds' lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

It will be his third day off in the last five games, as Jason Bourgeois gets a rare start in left field. Ludwick isn't very appealing in fantasy even when he's playing every day, so the fact that the team is sitting him with some regularity down the stretch only further detracts from his value.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 9 months ago

Ludwick is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.

At this point, Ludwick is starting less than half the Reds' games (two of the last seven), and should be considered a part-time player by fantasy owners. Jason Bourgeois will start in left field Friday.

Ryan Ludwick LF TEX 9 months ago

Ludwick is out of the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.

Thursday's absence will mark Ludwick's sixth in the team's last eight games. With the 36-year-old's contract set to expire after the season and the Reds all but out of it, the team will likely opt to continue evaluating younger talents in left field over the remainder over the final few weeks. Donald Lutz gets the nod Thursday.