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By Chad Carlson
Photo Credit: Matt Freed/Post-Gazette
Rumors continue to swirl here on Wednesday of Winter Meetings week for all teams across the league, and it’s no different for the Pirates, although on a much smaller scale.
While clubs like the Cardinals, Cubs, Marlins, and Angels are vying for some of the game’s best, the Bucs are trying to improve their team in their own ways. 
As has been murmured about the past couple days, the Pirates have agreed upon a deal with Nate McLouth today, reported to become official later this afternoon.  It is a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.  Being a Major League deal, the Bucs will have to make room on the roster for McLouth, so we should be expecting a move soon.
I’m really not sure how I feel about this deal.  At first, it was quite the surprise to me.  Of course, the Bucs dealt McLouth away to Atlanta in 2009 for Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez.  He’s been terrible for the Braves, much worse than he was when he was in Pittsburgh
At first glimpse, this move implies that the team wants to plug him into the outfield along with Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata, but whispers out of the Pirates’ organization and the media close to sources say that Alex Presley still has the inside route to the starting spot in left field.  If that’s the truth, then McLouth would be nothing more than a solid backup player.  Considering how last season went for both Tabata and Presley, who are young, rather unproven in Presley’s case, and spent time on the disabled list, having McLouth as a backup isn’t the worst move possible.  Still, with the other deficiencies the team has, it’s puzzling as to why this deal was done first.
The deal should be done by the end of the day, and with the other moves that may be going on as this post is being written, the McLouth signing may not be the biggest one of the day.
Stay right here at Fans From The Stands as we continue to react to all the Pirates’ news & rumors throughout the day and week.
And…
As Always…
Let’s Go Bucs!