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Reds interested in former Cardinals Ludwick and Ankiel

Looking for a low cost option in left field, former Cardinals manager Walt Jocketty is reportedly considering another trip down memory lane.

Word out of Cincinnati is that former Cardinals Ryan Ludwick and Rick Ankiel are at the Reds off-season shopping list now that the team has added a starting pitcher in former Padres hurler Mat Latos.

Ludwick, 33, has been hurt by playing in cavernous Petco Park in San Diego since the Cardinals dealt him there in 2010 in the three-way deal that landed Jake Westbrook. He hit only .228 with 17 homers in 160 games with the Padres. But what has likely hurt him the most on the free agent market is the fact that Ludwick did absolutely nothing last season after being dealt to Pittsburgh's more hitter-friendly home field.

With the Pirates, Ludwick hit .232 with two homers in 38 games. And after the trade to land him, Pittsburgh went from contention to oblivion in no time.

Ankiel, 32, hasn't ever seemed to be quite right since he had his nasty collision with the outfield wall while with the Cardinals in 2009. I'm not sure if it's a physical problem or if the initial injury did something to mess up his hitting mechanics from which he never recovered. But since he's left the Cardinals, Ankiel is a .237 hitter with only 15 homers in 196 games and he's struck out 167 times compared to 55 walks. It's a far cry from the 25 homers he hit with the Cardinals in only 120 games in 2008.

Both players should be available to the Reds on a one-year deal. And, while I personally root for both of them, I don't see either as a game changer at this point of their careers.