Orioles Sign Nate McLouth

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)

The Baltimore Orioles have signed free agent outfielder Nate McLouth to a minor league contract, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN.

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.

With Nick Markakis and Nolan Reimold nursing injuries, McLouth gives the Orioles some added outfield depth should the team lose anyone else to the disabled list.

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.

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