Trade Deadline Fallout: Ludwick, Westbrook In 3-Team Deal

According to mlb.com (click here for the article), the Padres, Cardinals & Indians have completes a three-team deal.  The Padres get Ryan Ludwick, the Cardinals get Westbrook & Nick Greenwood and the Indians get Corey Kluber.

The Cardinals Get
Westbrook is not an overwhelming option, but one that will certainly be able to eat innings and solidify the back-end of the Cardinals rotation.  He missed all of the 2009 season and made only five starts in 2008, but has made 21 starts (127.2 IP), posting a 4.65 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.

He has never been a big-time strikeout pitcher (career high is 119), but will pitch in the NL for the first time in his career.  He has a career 4.34 ERA, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him pitch in the high-3s in St. Louis, especially with the man with the golden touch, Dave Duncan, working with him.  Still, without the strikeouts, he will remain a lower-end option in deeper formats despite the better opportunity for wins.

Shipping out Ludwick opens full-time ABs for both John Jay and Colby Rasmus.  Rasmus has already proven his abilities (16 HR this season), but has been slumping recently and has found his way on the bench a bit more often.  He remains a safe play in all formats, after this deal.

As for Jay, he has hit .396 in 111 AB, but he has benefited from a .446 BABIP.  There’s no way he maintains that, so with regular playing time he may get exposed.  He has some speed (career high 20 SB at Triple-A in ’09), but not extreme power (14 HR in 670 AB in the Pacific Coast League).  He could have a little value in five-outfielder formats, but that’s about it for 2010.

Greenwood is a left-handed pitcher currently at Single-A.  He has a 4.15 ERA and 65 K in 95.1 innings.

The Padres Get
Just days after adding Miguel Tejada, the Padres continue to try and improve their lineup.  Ludwick showed off his power in 2008 (37 HR), but fell off a little bit last season with just 22 HR.  This year he has hit 11 HR, though he has missed time due to injury.  His HR/FB is at 10.5% (in ’08 it was 19.9%), but going to Petco Park isn’t going to help him get back to his ’08 form.

Still, he’s going to be thrust into the middle of the Padres lineup, offering protection for Adrian Gonzalez.  While the bats behind him may be weak, thus limiting his runs scored potential, but the RBI opportunity should be there.

He remains viable in all formats, even with a little less power (he should still be a 20 HR player) as he should see everyday AB over Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn & Will Venable.

The Indians Get
Kluber is a 24-year old right-handed pitcher currently at Double-A.  This year he is 6-6 with a 3.45 ERA and136 K in 122.2 innings.  He has shown strikeout potential at every level, with 339 Ks in 328.2 innings prior to this season.  He did have a 4.61 ERA over that time, however.

He’s worth monitoring for the strikeout potential.

To me, it seems like the Cardinals gave up a lot for a fourth starter and the Padres added an important piece to strengthening their lineup.  What are your thoughts?

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One comment

  1. Kevin K says:

    I like this trade for everyone but the Cardinals. How important is a 4th starter at this point? Maybe 10 starts left at this point. Padres get sorely needed some pop. Tribe gets the Padres #1 pitching prospect plus dump payroll.

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