McLouth inks Minors deal with Orioles

McLouth inks Minors deal with Orioles

McLouth inks Minors deal with Orioles
BOSTON -- The Orioles signed veteran Nate McLouth to a Minor League deal on Tuesday, and he will report to the organization's Triple-A Norfolk affiliate.

McLouth, 30, was placed on release waivers by the Pirates, who signed him to a one-year deal this winter, after he hit .140 with no homers and two RBIs in 34 games. An All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner in 2008, McLouth had back-to-back 20-home run seasons in '08 and '09 and was traded to the Braves in July of that season as part of a fire sale by Pittsburgh. But he was never able to match those years with the Bucs, a combination of injury and underperformance that limited him to 81 games last season for Atlanta. He hit .228 with four homers and 16 RBIs over that stretch before the Pirates re-signed him this offseason.

The move adds outfield depth for Baltimore, which is still without corner outfielders Nolan Reimold and Nick Markakis. There is no timetable on Reimold's return, while Markakis is a week away from getting the stitches removed from his right wrist, which is recovering from surgery to remove a broken portion of his hamate bone. McLouth is expected to join the Tides on their current road trip in Rochester.