LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Right fielder Nate McLouth #2 of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Jerry Hairston Jr. (not pictured) of Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
#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.