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Orioles optimistic about re-signing Nate McLouth

Nov 10, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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We heard a report earlier this week linking the Orioles to both Josh Hamilton and Cody Ross as potential options for left field next year, but the club is currently focused on keeping one of their surprising late-season contributors.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles continue to pursue free agent outfielder Nate McLouth. The two sides have maintained dialogue since the 31-year-old hit the open market last week and two industry sources told Connolly yesterday that the Orioles are “still optimistic” about re-signing him.

McLouth’s future as a big leaguer was in doubt after he was released by the Pirates in late May, but he latched on with the Orioles just a few days later and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. He didn’t end up joining the big club until August, but he played a major role down the stretch, hitting .268/.342/.435 with seven home runs, 18 RBI, 12 stolen bases and a .777 OPS in 236 plate appearances. His hot-hitting continued during the postseason, as he batted .308 (8-for-26) with two home runs, five RBI and three stolen bases in five games.

There’s danger in putting too much stock in the small sample size of success, as McLouth could revert to the same player who batted .203/.312/.313 from 2010 to when he was released by the Pirates this year, but he has certainly played his way into another guaranteed major league contract.

  1. paperlions - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    If the Orioles are interested, they should be optimistic about signing him….because they are probably the only team willing to offer him a major league deal. As stated above, a couple months of solid production doesn’t erase the memory of 2+ years of horrible baseball.

  2. Stiller43 - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Optimistic about signing him?

    Well, number 1, nobody else would want him, so you’re his only option.

    And 2, the fact you’re optimistic about signing nasty nate means something real bad for the O’s lineup next season.

    • husky2score - Nov 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      You just hate Baltimore left and right. First the Ravens now the O’s, and Nate McLouth only did good things for the Orioles last year to so I don’t think it’s bad for the O’s to have him at all.

      By the way, I cannot wait for when the Ravens and T-Sizzle kick the snot out of Roethlisberger.

  3. travi48 - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Nate has great speed and defense even as a 4th outfielder or defensive replacment who wouldnt want him

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