By John Shumway

NORTH SHORE (KDKA) – Nate McLouth will once again wear a Pirates uniform.

The team signed the outfielder to a one-year $1.75 million deal.

“I think it’s great,” Rick Tartaglione, of Ross Township, said. “I liked Nate when he was here, thought he was a heck of a player, helped the team a lot. I was sorry to see him go.”

“I think that’s wonderful – the Pirates need a shot in the arm,” Marian Tartaglione added.

McLouth returns to bolster the outfield corps and is joined by several other free agents, mixing experience with young talent.

“They have a lot of young pieces so be good to see another year of that development and hopefully with some new acquisitions get a winner out of them,” Andrew Dash said.

“I’m kind of fired up about it,” Jack McGuire said. “Maybe somebody upstairs is finally getting serious about making a contender of the Pittsburgh Pirates.”

Of course, putting McLouth and company on the field does not a contender make, but to the fans the acquisitions are symbolic.

“They’ve been making money for a lot of years it’s time to put it back on the field for the fans,” Tartaglione said.

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