Atlanta Braves acquires Nate McLouth

June 4th, 2009 - 7:42 pm ICT by GD  

The Atlanta Braves has finally succeeded in acquiring Nate McLouth, the All-Star center fielder of Pittsburgh Pirates, for three minor leagues this Wednesday. This move will add more strength to Atlanta’s offense and will also brighten up the hopes for the team to compete for the East NL.

McLouth, who is 27 years of age, was an All-Star last season. In fact, he recorded his career high with a .276 average, 26 homers and 94 RBIs. The Atlanta Braves were in a desperate need for an offensive player because of their shameful records of a dismal 10 homers in their first 51 games. In McLouth, they seem to have got what they were missing for so long.

In the 2008 edition of the National Baseball League, Nate McLouth won the honorary “Golden Glove” and this season he recorded a .256 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs.

For Atlanta, Wednesday, the 3rd of June, was a day of big moves. In the same day, just half an hour after the McLouth trade, the Braves released Tom Galvin, their 305-game winner. The Brave management assayed for the release of 43-year-old Galvin though he did not display the effectiveness and agility in the three minor league rehab assignments that would be required of him if he plays in the big league.

To close down the McLouth deal successfully, the Atlanta Braves were forced to release some of their top prospects including the outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and pitchers Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke.

This deal of bringing in Nate McLouth to Atlanta gives a clear signal that the Braves desperately want get back to the playoffs after missing out the last three years in a row.

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