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Rumor Mill: Reds may be seeking Ludwick

The guy that brought you former Cardinals Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds, Migel Cairo, Mike Lincoln, Edgar Renteria and others in a Reds uniform may soon add another St. Louis to his roster.

According to the Dayton Daily News, Cincinnati GM Walt Jocketty may be interested in bringing former Redbirds outfielder Ryan Ludwick back to the National League Central Division.

The Padres, who are out of contention and in rebuilding mode, seem willing to trade Ludwick for prospects, writer Hal McCoy points out. All that remains in the way is deciding which prospects San Diego would get.

Ludwick has struggled in San Diego with a .256 batting average. But he would likely get a shot in the arm from moving from the most pitcher-friendly park in baseball to one of the more hitter-friendly locales.

Ludwick is a career .213 hitter at San Diego's Petco Park. He's a .276 hitter -- 11 points over his career overall average -- at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.

The cozier Cincinnati home grounds might be a welcome change for the 32 year old Ludwick who will be a free agent at the end of the season. He, obviously, wants to pump up his numbers as much as possible as he hits the open market for the first time. And, although the Reds have dropped to third place behind the Cardinals and Brewers, they're a heckuva lot more likely to make the post-season in 2011 than the Padres.

The Reds would likely replace Jonny Gomes in the lineup with Ludwick. Gomes is currenly batting .196 on the season after making an out in a pinch hitting appearance Wednesday afternoon against the Cubs.