Former Baltimore Oriole Nate McLouth has agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $10.75 million with the Washington Nationals. This is being reported by Ken Rosenthal.
Sources: #Nationals agree with free-agent OF Nate McLouth on two-year contract, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2013
McLouth is being brought in to be the fourth outfielder for the Nats. He can fill in at any of the three outfield positions, and can be a great bat off the bench in the late innings.
Nate McLouth had his best season in 2013 since 2008 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He collected 47 extra base hits last season while also stealing 30 bags.
He is going to make a huge impact off the bench, in which the Nationals knew they had to improve. This move does exactly that. He will be the first option off the bench in the late innings and can also come in late in games to try to steal a base or two to put a runner in scoring position. McLouth can do a lot of different things on the field and will bring a lot of different things to an aggressive team like the Nats.
This is a great move for the Nats all together and will only help them in the long run. If McLouth knows coming in he is going to come off the bench that is even better. He knows he is going to be first off the bench and on a winning team. That is what matters to a player like McLouth, he wants to win.
Great job by Mike Rizzo this off-season so far with a lot more to go. Big things are coming to Washington D.C.