The Rangers have signed outfielder Ryan Ludwick to a minor-league contract, according to a team announcement. The deal will include an invite to major-league spring training and will pay Ludwick $1.75 million if he makes the major-league roster out of camp, as Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Ludwick, 36, originally broke into the majors with the Rangers, posting a .215/.288/.308 line with one home run in 31 games over two seasons from 2002 to 2003. He was traded to the Indians in a deal involving Shane Spencer during the 2003 season, and has spent twelve years in the majors with six different clubs since the deal.
For the Rangers, Ludwick will provide an option in left field alongside Ryan Rua, while also having the ability to fill in at designated hitter and potentially provide some pop. Ludwick hit .244/.308/.375 with nine home runs and 45 RBI in 112 games for the Reds last season, and is worth a gamble for a Rangers club who lost out on Jonny Gomes earlier in the offseason.
For his career, Ludwick is a lifetime .260/.330/.451 hitter with 154 home runs and 587 RBI in twelve seasons with the Rangers (2002-2003), Indians (2003-2005), Cardinals (2007-2010), Padres (2010-2011), Pirates (2011) and Reds (2012-2014).