Yankees offered Nate McLouth minor league deal

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Game 144: Three Straight?

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.

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Game 144: Three Straight?
  • JohnnyC

    Obviously Mike Francesa cuts no ice with the Yankees front office.

  • Rich in NJ

    He really thought a team that rolls out Ibanez/Jones in one OF spot would find it difficult to promote him if he showed anything at AAA?

    • JohnnyC

      Girardi has basically declared he’s willing to go down with the ship if that’s what playing Jones against lefties comes to. Yeah, McLouth would have become a permanent member of the Traveling Circus in AAA.

      • Rich in NJ

        That’s why I have said that Girardi is managing tight, but he finally played Nunez, so hope springs eternal, despite facts to the contrary.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Yeah, McLouth said this on MLB Tonight when interviewed last weekend.

    He was right, incidentally.

  • Frank Messer

    wasn’t Nate the final immortal in the Highlander movie? So he’s got THAT going for him

  • Jon G

    Speaking of Gardner, any updates on how he’s doing/if and when we might expect to see him at all..?

    • JonS

      We won’t see him. Girardi shot that down.

  • http://none Favrest

    Great job by the braintrust upstairs. First they cut Wise and they trade for Ichiro.

    • MartinRanger

      Ichiro, who is hitting .291/.314/.411 and is a better defender.

      Stop bashing the trade. Because he was supposed to be the poor man’s Brett Gardner and that’s exactly what we’ve gotten.