NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Orioles reached an agreement with outfielder Nate McLouth on a one-year contract on Wednesday. The contract is for 2013 with no 2014 option.
McLouth's base salary is $2 million with performance bonuses of $50,000 each for reaching 300 and 350 plate appearances and $100,000 each for 400, 450, 500 and 550. If McLouth has 550 plate appearances, which he hasn't done since 2009, he will earn $500,000 in bonuses.
The Orioles will now concentrate on filling their vacancy at first base or designated hitter. McLouth batted .258 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 55 games. The Orioles envision the left-handed hitting McLouth as part of a platoon with Nolan Reimold.
Manager Buck Showalter spoke with McLouth on Tuesday to reiterate the club’s interest in the outfielder, who was released by Pittsburgh in May.
The news of McLouth's signing was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.