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Pirates set to release outfielder Nate McLouth

Nate McLouth

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Nate McLouth makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jerry Hairston Jr. during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

AP

As expected the Pirates couldn’t find a taker for Nate McLouth and his $1.75 million contract after designating him for assignment last week, so they’ve placed the veteran outfielder on release waivers.

That means assuming no team claims him--and that’s highly unlikely--the Pirates will release McLouth and he’ll then be free to sign whatever type of deal he can get elsewhere.

McLouth had a nice three-season run from 2007-2009, which got him a trip to the All-Star game and a multi-year contract at age 27, but in the three seasons since then he’s hit just .203 with a .624 OPS in 200 games.