Winter Meetings 2012: Nate McLouth Agrees To Deal With Baltimore Orioles

By David A. Cattai
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles are sticking with players who helped them get to the 2012 post season. This is why they were eager to re-sign outfielder Nate McLouth to a one-year deal. McLouth was a huge spark for the Orioles in September and even in their brief October playoff run.

In 55 games with the Orioles, McLouth hit .268, but he was able to hit 7 home runs and knock in 18 runs. 2012 was a tale of two seasons for McLouth. He was first with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a total of 34 games, where he hit .180 with no home runs and only two runs batted in.

After he was let go by the Pirates, the Orioles jumped at the chance to sign him. McLouth spent some time in the minor leagues, but then headed up to Baltimore, where he was meant to be.

This re-signing is important because both sides wanted each other. McLouth was only looking for a one-year deal because he wants to reestablish his value and the Orioles wanted him back for his production, hustle and veteran presence.

The 31-year old outfielder has only hit over .260 twice in his MLB career. He has yet to play in 100-plus games since 2009, where he spent his season with two teams.

McLouth can be a great role player for the Orioles this season. He has not hit more than ten home runs in a season since 2009 as well. The Orioles are not looking for 15-20 home runs. They are looking for consistency, effort, and runners to get on base. These are all qualities that McLouth has displayed in his career, which is why his re-signing is a low-risk, high-reward deal.

David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Flyers with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies for Buzz On Broad.

Follow me on Twitter @DCattaiSports for all Flyers, Phillies, NHL, and MLB sports updates.

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