March 8, 2012; Clearwater FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Nate McLouth (2) bats in the second inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
#orioles have signed OF Nate McLouth to a minor league deal and he will report to Triple-A Norfolk— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) June 5, 2012
The 30-year-old McLouth, who has struggled mightily the past three seasons, went unclaimed on waivers and was subsequently released by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week.
After putting up quality numbers (.260/.342/.454) in his first five big league seasons, including an All-Star and Gold Glove season in 2008, McLouth hit a proverbial wall in 2010 and has never recovered. McLouth has hit an abysmal .203/.312/.313 the past three seasons, completely losing the power stroke that at one time made up for his questionable defense.