According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates have agreed to a 1-year deal for former Pirate outfielder Nate McLouth. McLouth was traded in 2009 to the Atlanta Braves for Charlie Morton, Gorkys Hernandez, and Jeff Locke.
In 2008, McLouth led the NL in doubles and posted an OPS of .853 in what looked like a breakout season. However, since being traded to the Braves, McLouth took some major steps back in his development, failing to post an OPS over .700 in each of the past 2 seasons.
He should not and will not be a starting outfielder for the Bucs and should serve as bench depth. Fans just need to realize that this isn’t the same McLouth from 2008 and that the Pirates aren’t looking him to be that guy. At best, he will be the team’s 4th outfielder. Still, the 30-year old McLouth is an upgrade over Xavier Paul.
No word yet on the money involved and I will update this post once that becomes available.