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UPDATE: Nate McLouth returns to Pirates on one-year deal

Dec 6, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates and McClouth have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical.

5:24 PM: Yesterday’s “mutual interest” in a Nate McLouth-Pirates reunion is apparently close to becoming a done deal and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that they’re also close to signing Wilson Betemit.

McLouth would likely be a backup outfielder after two disastrous seasons with the Braves, while Betemit could push Pedro Alvarez at third base and provide an option at first base.

Betemit isn’t much of a defender, but the switch-hitter batted .290 with an .838 OPS in 181 games for the Royals and Tigers during the past two seasons. At worst he’s an excellent bench bat.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    These are deals Pittsburgh should be making; short-term, low-risk guys while they develop from within. They’re getting there with guys like Walker and Alvarez.
    Nice job, Huntington.

  2. fastwillie39 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Disagree with McLouth, he has looked horrible, Betemit is fine, Barmes as shortstop is weak also, could be a similar year in 2012 for bucs

    • 78mu - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:44 PM

      Look at his numbers in his last full year as a Pirate and then look at the number of games he played in as a Brave. I bet his injuries had something to do with the drop in performance and I hope he’s healthy. Could be a nice late round pickup in my fantasy league.

  3. A.J. - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    I wish McLouth hadn’t been so lousy with the Braves, but I do hope he gets back to some success in Pittsburgh because I just don’t believe he is as awful as he looked in 2010.

    Last season he looked like he might be solid in a platoon vs. RHP, but he may need to be more than that if his D is as bad as it was the last 2 years.

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