Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees offered Nate McLouth a minor league contract after the Pirates released him back at the end of May. The outfielder instead took the same offer from the Orioles because he saw an easier path to the big leagues.
Coming into today, the 30-year-old McLouth was hitting .279/.350/.418 with Baltimore after being called up in early-August. Chris Dickerson was on the minor league DL and the extent of Brett Gardner’s injury was still unclear at the time of McLouth’s free agency, so the Yankees were clearly looking to add outfield depth. They wound up signing Kosuke Fukudome a few weeks later and eventually traded for Ichiro Suzuki.