Nate McLouth called LaRoche before joining Nats

Nate McLouth called LaRoche before joining Nats
December 13, 2013, 10:30 am
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Before Nate McLouth agreed to sign with the Nationals to join their bench, the veteran outfielder placed a phone call to Adam LaRoche. As a former teammate of his from their days as Pittsburgh Pirates (2007-09), McLouth wanted to ask a Nationals veteran what the clubhouse was like. 

LaRoche apparently had good things to say as McLouth is now one of the team’s newest additions as they look towards 2014. The former Orioles player gave an interview to the Baltimore Sun this week and shed some light on the free agent process that brought him down I-95 to Washington.

Among the other subjects he discussed was his expected role with the Nats, how the team told him they would like to spare their current outfielders some rest over the course of a season. He also talked about leaving Baltimore and his role in their 2012 playoff run. You can read the entire interview here. It is very good stuff.

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Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun also revealed some news about McLouth’s contract in the article. McLouth has a two-year deal worth $10.75 million with a $6.5 million team option for 2016.

McLouth’s signing was officially announced on Thursday with the team designating Corey Brown for assignment to add him to the 40-man roster. McLouth, 32, hit .258 with 76 runs and 30 stolen bases for the Orioles in 146 games in 2013.