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Reports: Orioles bring back Nate McLouth

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Nate McLouth might have found a home in Baltimore. (US Presswire)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Orioles have re-signed free agent outfielder Nate McLouth according to multiple outlets. The contract is a one-year deal worth $2 million, with an opportunity to earn up to $500,000 more in bonuses, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

McLouth, 31, was picked up by the Orioles midseason in 2012 and enjoyed a return to productivity. In 55 games with Baltimore, he hit .268/.342/.435 with seven homers, 18 RBI, 35 runs and 12 stolen bases. Down the stretch, he served as the Orioles' everyday left fielder and leadoff man.

McLouth was a good offensive player earlier in his career for the Pirates, but after a trade to the Braves, he fell apart, hitting .210/.322/.328 in 2010-11 combined. He signed back with the Pirates last winter, but was released May 31. Less than a week later, he was picked up by the Orioles and things have gone well for both sides since.

Expect McLouth to again slot as the left fielder and leadoff man while the Orioles focus on getting a first baseman and using Chris Davis as the designated hitter.

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