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Orioles re-sign Nate McLouth to one-year contract

Dec 5, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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Nate McLouth resurrected his career after joining the Orioles in June, hitting .268 with a .777 OPS in 55 games following years of terrible production and the 31-year-old outfielder has decided to stay in Baltimore.

Brittany Ghiroli of reports that McLouth has agreed to a one-year deal with the Orioles, who were said to be talking to Nick Swisher as a potential outfield replacement. Of course, giving McLouth a one-year deal doesn’t preclude the Orioles from trying to upgrade the lineup or at least bringing in some more depth in case he resumes being the guy who hit terribly in 2010, 2011, and the first half of 2012.

For now McLouth is slated to be the Orioles’ starting left fielder.

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of the one-year deal is worth $2 million, plus $500,000 in potential incentives.

  1. paperlions - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    What happened to Reimold? Isn’t he pretty much healed up by now? Because healthy Reimold >> McLouth

    • baroquen131 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Yeah, I think Reimold is just as much in the mix for LF assuming he can stay healthy. But that’s been a big if, so I’m sure McLouth will get plenty of at bats.

    • dowhatifeellike - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      They need McLouth for depth. Chris Davis should never be the 4th outfielder.

    • danfan528 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      What is a healthy Reimold?

      • pipkin42 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    You mean the Nolan Reimold who’s played in 104,39,87,and 16 games in his four seasons in the majors? Yea, sorry if I’m not exactly going to bet next month’s rent on regular production from him. Don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE to see him stay healthy to see what he could do over a full season, but it would be absolutely stupid to rely on him to make it through the first two months let alone the entire season.

  3. watermelon1 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Unless they plan on giving Xavier Avery playing time… Nate McClouth is the ONLY person on this team you can count on to steal bases, and grind out extra bases on balls hit to the outfield.

    This was a no-brainer, unless they brought someone else in. But apparently they are content with competing, and reluctant to make a big signing. I guess because they failed so horribly at it in the past with Sosa, Bell, etc.

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