Nate McLouth and the Pittsburgh Pirates have come to terms on a long term deal covering all 3 of his arbitration years as well as a club option for his first year of free agency eligibility. The deal prevents the arbitration hearing that was scheduled for later today.
Contract terms have not yet been revealed.
Look for the money to be similar to the deals Ryan Doumit and Paul Maholm signed earlier this offseason. From what I have heard, the deal is most similar to Maholm.
This is a great move for the Pirates as it almost sets the outfield in the coming seasons to include McCutchen and Tabata alongside McLouth. With the outfield taken care of and enough arms to go around in the rotation, the Pirates can now focus on what the future of the infield looks like beyond Pedro Alvarez. I look to see the Pirates to begin to address the middle of the infield come June.
If no long term deal can be reached with Adam LaRoche before the July trade deadline, look for the Pirates to try and land a middle infielder in any deal that happens around the deadlines for Adam LaRoche, Freddy Sanchez or Jack Wilson.
Also look for more arms to be acquired.
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