By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pittsburgh Pirates released outfielder Nate McLouth Thursday.

McLouth was batting just .140 in 57 at-bats so far this season. If he clears waivers, he will become a free agent.

The Pirates agreed to a one-year, $1.75-million contract in the offseason. He was brought in, largely, to provide outfield depth to the core of Andrew McCutchen, Alex Presley and Jose Tabata.

However, Tabata and Presley have struggled — Presley is currently in Triple-A Indianapolis — and McLouth wasn’t doing any better. He was most recently passed over for Gorkys Hernandez, who is known much more for his glove than his bat.

The Pirates requested waivers, which means they have little desire to keep McLouth in the organization.

Chris Gates | Bucs Blog

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