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Pirates set to release outfielder Nate McLouth

May 31, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

Nate McLouth

As expected the Pirates couldn’t find a taker for Nate McLouth and his $1.75 million contract after designating him for assignment last week, so they’ve placed the veteran outfielder on release waivers.

That means assuming no team claims him–and that’s highly unlikely–the Pirates will release McLouth and he’ll then be free to sign whatever type of deal he can get elsewhere.

McLouth had a nice three-season run from 2007-2009, which got him a trip to the All-Star game and a multi-year contract at age 27, but in the three seasons since then he’s hit just .203 with a .624 OPS in 200 games.

  1. metalhead65 - May 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    sounds like the perfect guy for the reds to sign! oh wait a min. he never played for the cards so he does not qualify,but hey other than that he fits what dusty wants in a player with his stats right? no wait a min. sorry not old enough to give them that veteran presence to go along with the .200 batting average.

    • jwbiii - May 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      Ex-Braves are Dayton Moore’s fetish.

  2. pisano - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Sounds like he’ll be a Padre in no time, they don’t care what the player can do as long as he comes dirt cheap, can’t figure why they don’t win?

  3. exibitsman - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Sandy will bring him for a tryout with the METS

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