Jon Paul Morosi has an interesting update from the winter meetings. He notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates may add an outfielder, and that they’re interested in Nate McLouth. The Pirates traded McLouth in 2009 for Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez. The trade came a few months after they signed McLouth to an extension.
It’s not known why the Pirates would be looking for an outfielder. They probably aren’t looking for a starting option, with Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley the projected starters. McLouth’s numbers haven’t been good enough to earn a starting job, with a .229/.335/.364 line in his time with Atlanta.
This could point to Garrett Jones being non-tendered. If the Pirates added someone like McLouth they wouldn’t have much of a need for Jones. Jones is currently an option for first base if the Pirates can’t sign someone, although Matt Hague would probably provide the same value as Jones. The only way a move for an outfielder would be a bad thing is if the Pirates went for a guy to start over Alex Presley.