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The Pirates designate Nate McLouth for assignment

May 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

Nate McLouth

When the Pirates signed Nate McLouth to a $1.75 million deal in December, they were hoping he’d at least be a shadow of the productive hitter he once was for them. ¬†Instead, he wasn’t even a shadow of the shadow and now, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, they’ve designated him for assignment.

McLouth is hitting .140/.210/.175 in 62 plate appearances, and that’s just not gonna get it done when the Pirates are as desperate as they are for offense.

  1. thewhinebag - May 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I’d take that production for $1.75.

  2. florida76 - May 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Braves paid roughly $13.5 million for three years of bad results from McClouth. Weird how this player’s skills declined rapidly after the age of 26, but that’s baseball.

    • paperlions - May 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      I bet they’re glad they didn’t sign him to a 6 year $85M contract even though he was better at age 26 than others…..Pirate fans were furious when he was traded….now? Not so much.

  3. mj1818 - May 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Pirates fans, did we honestly expect anything else? Not to be mean.

  4. mianfr - May 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I mean I guess that’s solid for a pitcher…

  5. ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    and the M’s are still holding on to Figgins. Crazy.

  6. stairwayto7 - May 25, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Never was the same since he had that collision in the outfield at Chase Field 2 years ago.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Remember when the Pirates had an OF of Bay, McLouth and Nady, and all 3 were pretty great?

    Yeah, funny how things change.

  8. jimmymarlinsfan - May 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    He was traded for my cousin, Jeff Locke and two others…and is now no longer a pirate, again…thus is baseball

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