ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Outfielder Ryan Ludwick and the St. Louis Cardinals have avoided arbitration for a second straight season, agreeing to a one-year, $5.45 million contract.
The deal was announced Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Ludwick had 22 home runs and 97 RBIs last season while batting .265. He ranked sixth among NL outfielders in RBIs and his 210 RBIs the last two seasons is second behind the Brewers' Ryan Braun (218).
Ludwick agreed on a $3.7 million one-year deal last February after becoming an All-Star for the first time in 2008.
Second baseman Skip Schumaker, who is arbitration eligible for the first time, said Sunday that he and the Cardinals were close on a contract.
Ludwick batted .323 with runners in scoring position with 27 two-out RBIs, one behind team leader Albert Pujols, and had nine outfield assists with only one error.
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