Os agree to terms on one-year deal with McLouth

The Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year deal for outfielder Nate McLouth, according to an industry source.

Baltimore had steady dialogue with McLouth’s agent, Mike Nicotera, and manager Buck Showalter spoke on the phone with the 31-year-old outfielder on Tuesday as he was the organization’s top choice in adding a corner outfielder.

McLouth had a .268/.342/.435 line in 55 games for Baltimore last season, emerging as the club’s starting left fielder and providing a spark from the leadoff spot with Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis on the disabled list. Signed to a Minor League contract after being released by the Pirates, McLouth had said all along that he would like to return to Baltimore. It was a mutual feeling.

“I think Nate liked Baltimore, he played very well there, and we liked him in Baltimore,
executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Tuesday night. “He did a good job for us when he came up … there’s a natural interest in re-signing him to the team.”

McLouth, a former Gold Glove winner, joins Nolan Reimold as an option for the O’s in left field. The team is still seeking a middle-of-the-order bat which, with McLouth’s signing, will now come from either first base or designated hitter.

The Baltimore Sun first reported the two sides were closer to a deal.

6 Comments

that’s one item on our wish list.now we need a first baseman not named Morneau or Reynolds.

I really hope mclouth isnt it! Really thought the birds would go all in on billy butler or a josh willingham. Davis will not get it done at 1st defensively. We have the talent and now is the time to go for it. With tornto and boston’s reload we are a last place team at this point. Please please get a legitimate middle of the order big bat and dont let us down. They have dabbled to keep our interest in the past and m keeping faith that isnt the case this year.

Davis is a very good hitter when he is in “the zone” but his glove is suspect at 1st base. I am a Nate McLouth supporter and look forward to him being an Oriole in 2013.

I Just heard roch say the O’s top priority was mclouth, really? Thats just what they lead us to believe. What happen to the big bat theory?Let a big bat go and instead of making the next step we r stepping back.

Great!…I loved Nate in left field last year…He is grittier and represents the Orioles better than some who have been here for years!….With Nate in left field, will Dan and Buck be SMART enough to try Reimold at first base?

Trying Reimold at 1st base would be an option. He is athletic and should be able to handle it at least adequately. But, there is the issue of his health problems. Can he stay healthy enough to play anywhere?

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