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AP source: OF McLouth, Nationals reach deal

December 7, 2013

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free-agent outfielder Nate McLouth and the Washington Nationals have reached a deal.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the contract wasn’t complete pending a physical. Other media outlets reported it would be a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old McLouth hit .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 146 games for Baltimore last season. He’s played nine seasons in the majors with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the Orioles, and was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2008.

The Nationals have starters Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Denard Span in the outfield.

McLouth would likely be a part-time backup, perhaps getting some of the playing time Steve Lombardozzi saw in the outfield last season. The Nationals recently traded Lombardozzi to Detroit in the deal for pitcher Doug Fister.

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