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Orioles sign Nate McLouth to minor-league contract

Jun 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Nate McLouth

Released by the Pirates last week after passing through waivers unclaimed, Nate McLouth has signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles.

Pittsburgh is on the hook for his entire $1.75 million salary, so Baltimore is merely adding some Triple-A outfield depth and will hope McLouth can show some signs of life for the first time since 2009.

He’s still just 30 years old, but McLouth has hit .203 with a .624 OPS in 200 games since the beginning of 2010 and looked completely lost as a part-timer for the Pirates this season.

In addition to McLouth the Triple-A Norfolk lineup also now includes Miguel Tejada, Lew Ford, Bill Hall, and a rehabbing Brian Roberts, so they’d definitely have to be considered International League favorites for 2006.

  1. madhatternalice - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Man, it’s not a good day when Nate McLouth is an upgrade to your AAA team.

    Fun fact: Before this season, Lew hadn’t been a part of MLB since 2007. 2007!

    • cereal blogger - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      In his defense, Lew is RAKING though be it AAA

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