Giants, Ludwick Meet: Report - NBC Bay Area

Giants, Ludwick Meet: Report



    The Giants continue to remain relatively quiet on the free-agent front, though Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean both said they are pursuing (or are not-not pursuing) another bat.

    And that bat, according to's Chris Haft, could very well be free agent Ryan Ludwick.

    Haft reports that the Giants are "believed to have scheduled a meeting Monday with Ludwick's agent, Dan Horwits."

    Ludwick's in a group of potential outfield adds for the Giants that include Josh Willingham and Coco Crisp, and the former Cardinal/Padre/Pirate could represent decent value.

    Unfortunately, that's because Ludwick has seen his production decline dramatically since making the All-Star team in 2008.

    That year, Ludwick hit 37 home runs and knocked in 117 RBI for the Cardinals Since then? He's hit 22 homers (2009), 17 home runs (2010) and 13 home runs (2011) while being traded twice and playing on three different teams, all in the National League.

    At 33, it shouldn't be too shocking to see that kind of dip, but it should be disconcerting that the Giants might consider extending (another) veteran outfielder a (reasonably) big free-agent deal, especially if he might struggle in pitcher's park like AT&T.

    For his career, Ludwick's got five home runs, 15 RBI and a .265/.361/.482 line in 23 games and 83 plate appearances at AT&T.