"Joel Sherman ?@Joelsherman1
#Mets have interest in Ryan Ludwick They may end up budgeting a few extra dollars to address their severe OF needs "
This is what I like to hear.
He'll be 35 next year and had his first good season last year in awhile.
16 HRs in Cincinnati, 10 on the road. I wonder how that plays in Citi.
Ludwick's better than anyone the Mets have, but I don't know how he helps them moving forward. If the Mets are just looking at him as a stop gap, he probably has higher value to a contender.
Again, no denying he isn't a sure thing. I can absolutely see him failing here too. But Met outfielders had a .705 OPS last season - WELL below average. Ludwick doesn't have to be nearly as good as he was in 2012 to constitute an improvement. Even just average production would be great. We aren't in a position to go after the few more legitimate candidates available. So it's either roll the dice and give yourself a chance with Ludwick or sign complete garbage and guarantee a repeat of last season. That's sadly where we are right now.
In fairness to Ludwick though, his career home-away splits are virtually even - .263/.341/.467 at home and .263/.327/.464 on the road.
he also doesn't want to leave that joke of a ballpark which will give him one more big pay day.
He comes to the mets he goes back to his 13-17 HR season 60-70 RBI 240-250 BA....he is what he is....mediocre.
Terrible defender as well