The Washington Nationals had to look just around the Beltway to find depth for their outfield, reportedly signing former Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal.
The agreement, pending a physical, could be worth $10.75 million for the two years, according to multiple reports. McLouth batted .258 with 12 home runs, 36 RBIs and 30 stolen bases during 146 games with Baltimore in 2013.
McLouth will have to come off the bench for the Nationals, who will return all three starting outfielders from 2013 with Bryce Harper in left, Denard Span in center and Jayson Werth in right. Nonetheless, Washington does add a versatile outfielder and valuable clubhouse presence in McLouth.
McLouth had a resurgence with the Orioles, earning a starting spot in left field. McLouth won a Gold Glove with the Pirates in 2008, but his career began to sputter after dealing with injuries.
Pittsburgh traded him to Atlanta early during the 2009 season, and he continued to struggle. The Braves declined his option after the 2011 season, and the Pirates picked him back up, then designated him for assignment shortly after the season opener.
The Orioles signed McLouth to a minor league deal in June 2012, and he wound up batting .268 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 209 at bats. He earned another one-year deal for 2013 and was one of the team's most dynamic players and a fan favorite.