Pirates Agree to Terms With Nate McLouth

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Nate McLouth, according to Ken Rosenthal. The deal is for one year, and is pending the results of a physical. We heard earlier today that they were getting close to a deal.

As we know, the Pirates traded McLouth in 2009, getting Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez in return. After going to Atlanta, McLouth’s numbers took a dive. He hit for a .229/.335/.364 line in 848 at-bats in the two and a half years he was with the Braves.

McLouth is a strong bench option at this point, and a good backup plan if something happens with Jose Tabata or Alex Presley. If this move somehow results in Alex Presley being bumped from the lineup, then it is the wrong move to make, as McLouth hasn’t done anything the last three years to earn that role.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 12:21 PM: The deal is a major league deal and worth $1.75 M, per Rob Biertempfel. A roster spot will have to be cleared for McLouth. The signing has not been made official yet, so no word on who that player will be.

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  • Anonymous

    Wondering who comes off the 40 man roster…Ohlendorf, Veras??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

      Well, without Paul, I would wager that it’s his spot essentially

  • Adrian Carnelutti

    Will he get his old number back?  If so it means all his old replica jerseys can be reused,  See a management into recycling and caring for the enviroment.

  • James S

    No question about it, Nate won’t beat out Presley for starting outfielder. I do think McLouth will rebound in Pittsburgh though, and he will get his playing time as a fourth outfielder. Tabata has proven that he can’t stay healthy, and Presley’s had some weird injuries himself. 
    It always seemed right after the trade that Nate was just so surprised and uncomfortable after spending his whole career in the Pirates organization and the move really messed him up and it went on to affect his play. It wasn’t long ago that he was one of the best hitters in the league and capable of a 30 hr season. I really think the Pirates struck quite a bargain here.

  • Anonymous

    Not fond of this move.  At the end of his time here, McLouth seemed to be quite the clubhouse cancer; I doubt he has grown up all that much in the interim year and a half.

  • Anonymous

    I like this signing.  I believe a return to Pittsburgh will be a renaissance of sorts for Nate.  I also think the Bucs should make a push for James Loney.  Seems unlikely that Lee will return, and since Loney is only a year from free agency, I don’t think the trade price would be at all steep 

  • gonfalon

    is it a major league deal, or a minor league contract?

  • Anonymous

    didn’t realize he had been Clubhouse cancer.  He has potential to be good 4th outfielder. Think he is overpaid, interesting how Bucs will pay market rate for players that are back-ups but don’t want any part of paying salary of experienced starting player or pitcher.

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