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McLouth might return

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Remember this guy?

DALLAS — Nate McLouth is interested in rejoining the Pirates, and the team has begun talking with the free-agent outfielder about a possible contract. This morning, sources in both camps confirmed there is mutual interest.

McLouth, 30, was an All-Star for the Pirates in 2008, when he batted .276 with an .853 OPS. In spring training the next year, he was rewarded with a three-year, $15.75-million contract. But less than four months later, he was dealt to Altanta for pitchers Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez. McLouth has put up two¬†disappointing seasons with the Braves. In that span, he’s played only 166 games and batted .210 with a .650 OPS.

The Pirates have Alex Presley penciled in as their starting left fielder in 2012, but have concerns about his health. Last season, Presley missed more than a month due to a thumb injury.



  1. leefoo says:

    oh joy

  2. Ryan(Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I agree Foo

    Now the people that yelled about his trade, might get him back to play LF.

  3. sms says:

    why not gorkys hernandez instead…

  4. TS says:

    While we’re at it, let’s bring back Jason Kendall. This guy is a journeyman meatball. Well, it’d be another reason for Steve Blass to say, “Now that’s a feel good story.”

  5. bdubb says:

    Pressley brings a certain moxy to this team. If they block him this year than this management team is clueless. Why are they so against giving the right people an opportunity?

  6. Bizrow says:

    Is Presley in the BMTIB doghouse?

    I’d say see what you have with the fellow

  7. JohnstownRuss says:

    I suppose he would be the 4th outfielder. Did he not play a little 1st base? Or, is presley’s thumb not healing? Anyway, he would be a good 4th guy to have. With Tabata’s hamstring issue, he could start and who knows, bounce back a bit with the Bucs. A cheap option I am sure. A guy like Nate is as good as tbmtib can afford.

  8. Willie says:

    Is this the same overpaid whiner who lifted his leg on Pirates management because of their crummy eye tests?

  9. Jay Walker says:

    Can you spell d-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-e, boys and girls?

  10. Larry C. says:

    I am glad Pirates are looking at a player with good attitude. Nate played his butt off for Pirates only to be traded to Braves. Deal was good for the Pirates getting 3 players for 1. Nate is a Pirate and for right price could reestablish himself as a good player at minimal risk to pirates.He is a fan favorite and came up in system. Pirates are built for speed and McLouth would fit. Pirates do have to hire a base stealing coach, they need to learn to get bigger jumps on pitchers. McCutchen should run more and have better rate of success. Pirates need a hitter that gets 2 hits a game majority of time. McCutchen tends to be hot or cold. Wiffs to much for #3 hitter N. Walker would be better choice at present. Love McCutchen in all phases other than these areas.He is a franchise player get him signed now while we have leverage of # of years and if not trade him to the Yankees for there top two prospect pitchers and catcher Romine. Rangers also have enough prospects to get him but at least get top 3 prospects no less,

  11. reyjose says:

    Why would the Pirates look at this guy? Unless he comes dirt cheap – as in under $1million a season – why bother. Spend the money on a quality starter or Josh Willingham (sp?) because I read somewhere he is willing to play first.

  12. John Lease says:

    Only the Pirates.

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