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The Pirates designate Nate McLouth for assignment

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)


When the Pirates signed Nate McLouth to a $1.75 million deal in December, they were hoping he’d at least be a shadow of the productive hitter he once was for them. Instead, he wasn’t even a shadow of the shadow and now, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, they’ve designated him for assignment.

McLouth is hitting .140/.210/.175 in 62 plate appearances, and that’s just not gonna get it done when the Pirates are as desperate as they are for offense.