Pirates and Nate McLouth have “mutual interest” in reunion

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Nate McLouth hasn’t been the same since leaving the Pirates in mid-2009 and now that the 30-year-old outfielder is a free agent Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that a return to Pittsburgh could be in the works.

According to Biertempfel the Pirates and McLouth have “mutual interest” in a reunion and have “begun talking” about a deal.

He’s coming off a three-year, $15 million contract, but may have to settle for a cheap one-year deal or possibly even a minor-league pact after hitting just .210 with a .650 OPS in 166 games for the Braves during the past two seasons.

Pittsburgh acquired Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez from Atlanta in the original deal for McLouth, but his stock has plummeted so much since then that a fourth outfielder job is probably the best he can hope for.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.