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Ludwick to be a father in 2011

The Padres will offer former Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick arbitration for 2011, according to

There has been some speculation over the last couple of weeks that the Friars would non-tender Ludwick, who hit only .211 after the three-way trade that resulted in Jake Westbrook landing in St. Louis. He made nearly $6 million last season and seems likely to get somewhere in the $7.5 to $8 million range for next season.

If the Padres non-tendered Ludwick, he could have suddenly been back in the picture for the Cardinals. Especially if he was willing to play for something in the vicinity of what he made last year.

Ludwick would have been a nice fit for the Cardinals need of a slugging fifth place hitter who could offer Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday some support. But it appears the Redbirds want to fill their need for a hitter in the form of an infielder and that right field will be manned by Skip Schumaker, Jon Jay and Allen Craig.