As expected the Pirates couldn’t find a taker for Nate McLouth and his $1.75 million contract after designating him for assignment last week, so they’ve placed the veteran outfielder on release waivers.
That means assuming no team claims him–and that’s highly unlikely–the Pirates will release McLouth and he’ll then be free to sign whatever type of deal he can get elsewhere.
McLouth had a nice three-season run from 2007-2009, which got him a trip to the All-Star game and a multi-year contract at age 27, but in the three seasons since then he’s hit just .203 with a .624 OPS in 200 games.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.