The Pirates agreed to a deal to bring Nate McLouth back.
On the second day of the MLB Winter Meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved closer to several deals in order to add depth to the major league roster. The team agreed to a deal with Nate McLouth, bringing back the former Pirates outfielder on what is believed to be a one year deal. The deal is pending a physical, and terms of the deal aren't yet known. The Pirates are also moving close to a deal with infielder Wilson Betemit. Betemit has played mostly third base in his career, and would be a backup option in case Pedro Alvarez struggles again.
Both moves would add depth to their positions, and perhaps more importantly for the Pirates, would add contingency plans in case the young players struggled.
The Pirates need Pedro Alvarez to do a complete 180 degree turn from last season. They need him to be the middle of the lineup bat he was projected to become. If that doesn't happen it would be nice to have a guy backing him up ...
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