Outfielder Ryan Ludwick is the latest former St. Louis Cardinals player to be out of a job as teams make their final cuts at the end of spring training, according to mlb.com.
Ludwick, 36, has been in camp with the Texas Rangers hoping to win a job primarily playing left field.
He was batting .200 for the spring with one homer and three runs batted in. He struck out nine times and walked none in 32 plate appearances.
Ludwick had his best years with the Redbirds for whom he played from 2007-10. For St. Louis he hit .280 with 84 homers and 305 RBI. His career best season was 2008 when he hit .299 with 37 homers and 113 RBIs for the Cardinals. That turned out to be Ludwick's lone All-Star season.
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After leaving St. Louis, Ludwick only hit better than .244 once in five seasons. That came with the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 when he hit .275 with 26 homers. After signing a contract extension to remain with the Reds, he struggled through injuries and batted .243 with an average of six homers over the past two years in which he played a total of only 150 games.