Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Texas Rangers
FEB 18, 10:45a ET | John Halpin
Rotowire: Feb 4 / 12:58p ET
News: Ludwick agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, John Blake of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Ludwick will have a shot to crack the big league roster as a reserve outfielder, and may even make a run at semi-regular playing time in left field. The 36-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Reds, but was the team declined his option 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, Ludwick will at least provide useful depth for the Rangers.
StatsLLC: Feb 4 / 12:00a ET
News: Ludwick has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will go to spring training with his original team. Ludwick would receive a $1.75 million, one-year deal if added to the Rangers' 40-man roster. He made his major league debut with Texas in 2002 and was traded to Cleveland in July 2003.
Impact: The 36-year-old is a .260 hitter with 154 homers in 1,065 major league games with Texas (2002-03), Cleveland (2003-05), St. Louis (2007-10), San Diego (2010-11), Pittsburgh (2011), and Cincinnati (2012-14). He was an NL All-Star in 2008 with the Cardinals, when he had career highs with 37 homers and 113 RBIs.