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.