Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak just stepped into the media room at the spring training complex to say that he had reached a contract agreement with the agent for Ryan Ludwick. Ludwick was eligible for arbitration and had a hearing scheduled in Phoenix on
Tuesday. Ludwick won't have to make that trip now. He has agreed to a one year contract. Mozeliak would not disclose the money figures, but it's safe to say Ludwick is getting a huge raise from his $411,000 salary of last year. Ludwick hit 37 homeruns, drove in 113 runs, made the all-star team and won a silver slugger award in 2008. If he can come close to repeating those numbers in '09 he'll get another huge raise next year at this time, when he becomes eligible for arbitration again.