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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.

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