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Two Years Ago and One Year Ago Today

Two Years Ago and One Year Ago Today

Looking through the site archives, I noticed two noteworthy items that happened on this date in the last two years:

-Two years ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to an extension with Nate McLouth.  At the time, McLouth was coming off a 2008 season where he hit for a .276/.356/.497 line, with 26 homers and 23 stolen bases.  He was one of three extensions signed that off-season, joining Paul Maholm and Ryan Doumit.

As we know, McLouth was traded four months later, in a surprise move that brought back Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez.  McLouth was hitting for a .256/.349/.470 line in 168 at-bats before the trade.  Since the trade he has hit for a .229/.330/.379 line in 581 at-bats with the Braves, and was demoted to AAA for parts of the 2010 season.

The extensions signed that off-season haven't turned out for the best.  Maholm has failed to put up his 2008 numbers over the last two years, and is likely in his final year with the Pirates.  Doumit has been a d...

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