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Pittsburgh Pirates Agree To Deal With Nate McLouth

12/7/11 12:18 PM ET: Jenifer Langosch of MLB.COM is confirming that the deal with McLouth will be worth $1.75 million.

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent center fielder Nate McLouth, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal is pending a physical, and the club will also need to clear a 40-man roster spot to make room for McLouth. Nonetheless, it appears the 30-year-old will be rejoining the Pirates after being traded by the club mid-way through the 2009 season.

Nate McLouth became a free-agent after the Atlanta Braves declined his $10.65 million club option; instead opting to buyout McLouth for $1.25 million. He was in the final year of a three-year, $14.5 million deal that the Pirates originally signed him to.

McLouth disappointed in his two-and-a-half seasons with the Braves, though injuries were also an issue. In 250 games with the team, McLouth hit a poor .229/.335/.364 with only 21 home runs in over 1000 plate appearances - a 100 point dip in his OPS compared to his days with the Pirates.


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