The Pittsburgh Pirates are moving closer to deals with infielder Wilson Betemit and outfielder Nate McLouth, according to Rob Biertempfel. We’ve heard about their interest in McLouth for the last two days. We’ve also heard that the Pirates are looking for contingency plans if Pedro Alvarez struggles again this year, which is where Betemit comes in. He hit for a .285/.343/.452 line in 323 at-bats last year between Detroit and Kansas City. Betemit has primarily played third base in his career, but has also played first, second, short, left and right field.
Jenifer Langosch says that the team is close to a deal with McLouth, which is believed to be a one year deal. Langosch mentions that McLouth could compete with Alex Presley for a starting outfield role, although Presley could be given the first chance.Pirates Prospects is FREE today in honor of the Wild Card game. You get special access to all of our content, which is typically reserved only for subscribers. We cover the Pirates 365 days a year, with live coverage all throughout the playoffs, and off-season coverage of the minor league players in the Arizona Fall League and Winter Leagues. During the season we average well over 6 articles per day on the Pirates. This is the best stop if you're a hardcore Pirates fan, and the subscription prices are very low.
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