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Nate McLouth needs season-ending shoulder surgery

Aug 19, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Two weeks after shutting down Nate McLouth with right shoulder soreness the Nationals announced that the veteran outfielder needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum.

McLouth played just 79 games and hit .173 for the Nationals in the first season of a two-year, $10.75 million deal that always seemed awfully rich for a fourth outfielder.

His status explains why the Nationals went looking for more outfield depth by signing Cubs castoff Nate Schierholtz to a minor-league contract.

McLouth is owed $5 million next season with a $6.5 million option or $750,000 buyout for 2016.

  1. lenbias34pt - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Classic case of all the blind fans died when the O’s didn’t resign him……..Nate is a good try hard guy ,but nothing special.
    The Nats over paid for him, and got just about what they could expect.

    Someone will over pay for JJ or Nick next off season and get an older version of the once very good player.

    Heck the O’s over paid for Ulbando and are getting exactly the guy they paid for. This is who he is….IF you ride it out with him he’ll be a top 3 starter, but for the fans to jump up and down about him being wild or inconsistent is brutal. It’s who he has always been.
    I just hope the front office and buck can stick with the talented starter a bit longer. His cream always rises.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Given the options, I agree the Nats should have kept the cash. They have a farm system and stuff. But they needed a lefty who could hit for power – Chad Tracy was their guy until last year – and McLouth at least had the virtue of being in the area. Or something. But yeah, it was not the best move Rizzo could have made. I remember McLouth with the Braves and thinking “this guy? Since when?”

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      @LenBias: Ubaldo will be a top starter? Really? Please show me a single complete season where that description fits.

      • lenbias34pt - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:55 AM

        ‘Top 3 starter.’
        He has Ace stuff, but even I don’t think he’ll be an Ace. By the end of the season he’ll be back in the rotation and a fine quality starter.

  2. Stiller43 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Wow…I knew they signed him (thats surprising enough…because he’s not good), but that contract is TERRRRRRIBLE.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      I assume you are saying that in Bill Walton’s voice.

  3. ripwarrior - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Minus ubaldo the os did great this past offseason. Trading Jim Johnson, not signing Brian Roberts and getting Nelson Cruz for only 7 million.

  4. cmoney4949 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Looks like the O’s choose wisely.

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