Pirates Sign Nate McLouth

The Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Nate McLouth, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). It's a big league deal worth $1.75MM, tweets Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  The Pirates have officially announced the signing.

The deal represents a reunion for the Pirates and McLouth, who was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2000 and spent nearly a decade in the organization before being traded to the Braves in 2009. After a disappointing two and a half year stint in Atlanta, the Braves declined McLouth's option for 2012, making him a free agent.

MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported earlier today that the Pirates were getting close to a deal to bring back McLouth.


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47 Comments on "Pirates Sign Nate McLouth"


Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 8 months ago

you know he isnt the same right?-braves fans

3 years 8 months ago

Who cares they are not going to win NOTHING AT ALL THEY SUCK

bucco_nation
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah… we sucked pretty bad last year when we took 3 out of 4 from you guys. Wait, we only took 2 since Jerry Mills gave you one. Also… pretty clear who won that McLouth trade :)

3 years 8 months ago

How many winning seasons has the Pirates had since Sid Slid???

bubba91
3 years 8 months ago

Reunion. i like it! pirates i believe will be up there in the running for the nl central next year.

3 years 8 months ago

The rich get richer

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 8 months ago

Thank you. I know he wasn’t ours anymore, but just thank you.

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Low risk, high reward. Good sign

tomymogo
3 years 8 months ago

If he pulls a Melky Cabrera on my braves, man I’m gonna be pissed.

3 years 8 months ago

I expect he’ll be taking over Xavier Paul’s role from last season. Not a bad pickup, and could definitely come in handy if an outfielder gets injured.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Unreal hitter in the first few months of 2008, then…

3 years 8 months ago

some things just never change

Ian_Smell
3 years 8 months ago

At least my McLouth jersey isn’t obsolete anymore.

bravesforever
3 years 8 months ago

I liked nate and wished he could turned it around in atl but couldn’t but on bright side he is a great clubhouse guy and solid defense maybe he can find his stroke again at a low pressure team as a pirate.

PaganIdolCow
3 years 8 months ago

Hell, the Pirates aren’t paying Nate what the Braves were, so why not give him a shot?

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

I guess the fact that it’s Nate McLouth isn’t enough for you

domaug
3 years 8 months ago

you realize he won’t be starting, right?  like someone posted earlier, he will most likely fill the role Xavier Paul had before they let him go: being a bench player/pinch hitter.

Corey
3 years 8 months ago

Hasn’t been the same since he left Pittsburgh the 1st time. Comeback player of the year? (Being serious) I guess I should be asking you Pirates fans who know better, is there room for him to start in the OF? (Being serious)
On a less serious note, is this a part of the rebuilding process that started some 20 years ago Pirate Fans? I actually do like this signing for the Pirates. Good luck, we’ll see you at the bottom of the standings in September again next year guys! —Cubs fan

3 years 8 months ago

Unless he has some sort of unreal spring training or there’s an injury, the starting outfielders will be McCutchen, Tabata, and Presley. McLouth is most likely going to take on the role of 4th outfielder and first man off the bench as a pinch hitter.

Corey
3 years 8 months ago

Sad, he could possibly win a spot in our OF right now. Heck of potential off the bench though. Could be Pirate’s version of Reed Johnson.

3 years 8 months ago

The way i see it, it’s an incredibly low risk signing with a chance for high reward. Who knows, he could get back in his comfort zone and play some really good ball. At the very least, Pitt gets a fan favorite back.

glenn15239
3 years 8 months ago

The Bucs will be near the bottom…looking down on the Astros and Cubs

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

Very happy for Nate to be back where he started. I always liked him just not his playing ability. I wish him the best of luck.

3 years 8 months ago

See? The Pirates didn’t lie when they said that McLouth was part of their future!!

Tacho Bill
3 years 8 months ago

Okay, he’s not Babe Ruth, but he can help out, and he seems like a good guy, so while I’m a bit underwhelmed, I hope he has a decent bounce-back year and helps the Bucs in the process.

ARod's Ring
3 years 8 months ago

I consider myself a “good guy” too.

domaug
3 years 8 months ago

i guess a lot of people here will still complain over every Pirates signing.  he’s not even gonna be a starter for the Pirates.  he’ll almost be guaranteed as a pinch hitter.

formerdraftpick
3 years 8 months ago

Who is going to be removed from the roster to put McLouth on there?  Did they remove anyone for the Rule V draft?

hgr900
3 years 8 months ago

More like low risk, no reward

3 years 8 months ago

RANGERs