McLouth, 32, a veteran of ten major league seasons (Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore and now Washington) was the Pirates 25th round draft pick in 2000, making his major league debut on June 29, 2005. He was traded by the Pirates to the Atlanta Braves for Gorkys Hernandez, Jeff Locke and Charlie Morton in June 2009. As a free agent in October 2011, McLouth signed with his old team, but after a poor start (.140/.210/.175) the Pirates released him at the end of May 2012. The Orioles picked him up and he rebounded to help them win the 2012 Wild Card. In two years with the O's, McLouth provided exemplary fielding while slashing .261/.333/.409.
The Nationals, looking at an aging Jayson Werth and a perhaps over-eager Bryce Harper, signed McLouth to a 2-year $10.75 million contract (team option for 2016). He has appeared in 79 of the Nats 108 games, with 162 plate appearances.
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