Pirates trade Nate McLouth to Braves for three prospects

The Pirates have traded centerfielder Nate McLouth to the Braves in exchange for three players outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, left-hander Jeff Locke and right-handed starter Charlie Morton - according to two sources with knowledge of the deal.

The trade is expected to be announced later Wednesday evening after the Pirates are able to get in touch with McLouth, who had left PNC Park earlier in the evening after the Pirates’ game was postponed due to rain.

The trade sends two of Atlanta’s top seven prospects, as ranked by Baseball America, to the Pirates. Hernandez, a centerfielder with the Braves’ Double-A affiliate, was ranked No. 4 heading into the season.  Hernandez has been in Double-A this season and has hit .316 through the team’s first 52 games.

Locke, Atlanta’s seventh-best prospect, was Atlanta’s second-round Draft pick in 2006 and has pitched for the Braves’ high Single-A affiliate this season. He is 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA in 10 starts.

Morton went 4-8 with a 6.15 ERA in 15 starts (16 appearances) for the Braves last season.

McLouth, a first-time All-Star in 2008, was in his second season as the Pirates’ everyday centerfielder. He had signed a multi-year contract with the Pirates this offseason.

22 Comments

I am saddened by this news that we are trading one of our better players and one who has helped the team win. Why do we do this every year, trade our best players?

Why the heck are we doing with this??
The brave’s fans are thrilled, as they even said, none of these players were going to contribute to our development…
We just signed him to a deal, was that the stake that drove him out? I missed the memo that we’re a triple-a club only here for other team’s development. We finally had a good base going, given it may need some tweaks but that’s not accomplished by getting rid of a young star player. I’m just disgusted…So, other than the great stadium, why do we keep going back? They say they are committed to development and to get the team back to championship caliber, but you don’t do that by getting rid of your stars.

our team is finally playing good ball, something to be proud of, and now they simply yank out one of the anchors?

i am heartsick on hearing this….unbelieveable

You guys are gonna be happy with Gorkys and Morton.

I’m going to vomit!!! You’ve got to be kidding!! It’s bad enough we trade “good” players – it’s even worse when they’re fan favorites!! Nate gave his all. Where is Joe L. Brown when you need him. Oh well we’ll just continue to watch specials about the Pirates in the 70’s on FSN. That’s 30 years ago!!!! To quote Eddy Arnold, “Make the world go away!!!”

I am sick over this trade. McLouth is such an asset to the team. Just when I feel this team is starting to click this happens. Every year it is the same. We begin to show promise then we trade away key players. I hope I am wrong. Nonetheless he will be sorely missed. Nate is fan friendly and a respectable player and role model. I am dreading tomorrow morning when my son will find out his favorite player has been traded. Just add McLouth to the list of ex Pirates who will excel with other teams.

Really? Have we not seen this same song and dance year in and year out? Hunington said this is tough.. but it is nescessary. Why? Show my one example that this has worked in the past! We trade talent for scraps of nothing but unproven players who turn out to be busts. If we are going to continue to go this route move the team give them to an owner(s) that know how to run a team, and build a bigger complex for the Steelers. Its bad enough that i have to take crap from Indians fans(I live in Columbus Oh) year in and year out and they keep asking me if Pittsburgh will ever be minor leage affiliate of the Clippers!

This is sickening & extremely unnecessary. Obviously the new Pirate management is no better than their predecessors. They are repeating the same mistakes.

Thanks Pirates, after 45 years of being a dedicated fan year after year I’ve finally had it !! I’m so tired of them getting rid of their talent under the pretense of “rebuilding”. Are they so stupid that they don’t realize you fill the stands by spending money not by fielding they cheapest players they can find. Pittsburgh is now nothing but a farm club for the rest of the MLB. I promise you that I won’t be back at PNC park. I’m so upset now. I can remember going to Forbes Field with my grandfather, then me taking him to Three Rivers. That’s when the Pirates cared enough to give their fans teams to root for. Once again, thanks and goodby Pirates.
Jack Hogue

I am sick to my stomach by this trade, like others have said we had finally gotten to a good point with our guys and games. Why did we give Nate a contract earlier this year to only turn around months later and trade him for no accounts, none of these pitchers that they are so excited to get will help us right now, instead they take our money in the bank center fielder and just say see ya……………. and I honestly thought we had a chance this year to at least see playoffs, I can not say that now……….. Nate you will be missed here, but I guess I will just have to follow the Braves now.
Brenda

Huntington does not get it — some players are the franchise — all that you want a team to mean to the fans. IF you want a small market to support a major league team, you have to build fan memories — and a faithful nucleus of fans that you can depend upon day-in and day-out, regardless. And those fans grow to love some people — e.g. Nate McLouth: a quality MAN — a hard worker — a nice guy that finishes first, despite Leo. These guys are rare these days. He is practically an enigma, a Lou Gehrig-type. Now, my memory, I have gone to many Pirate games each year, praying they will return to the days of Clemente and Stargell, Steve Blass, or even Bob Walk, et al — all good/ quality players– but it is tough these days since I have a 2 year old son and a 4 year old daughter (and a great ballplaying 14 yr old son that has games 3 nights a week, too). Note: bedtime is 8pm. One night last year, we managed to have front row seats in center field. An older fan caught a fly ball (actually fan interference, for which the ushers scolded him) and he gifted the ball to my 2 yr old. WELL, typical 2 yr old, he pulls a Cub-trick — he throws it over the fence and back into the field of play (he gets that from his Mother, she is a Cub fan),. Well, someone got Nate’s attention (I was too embarrassed) and after yelling and yelling, Nate finally got timeout from the Umpires. Nate trotted back and picked up the ball and looked up at my son, who was now peering through the fence with his hand over the rail (now he wanted the ball back) and Nate tossed the ball back up to us with a smile/laugh on his face. The whole scenario was shown on FSN. Anyway, I have taken that ball to the games since then knowing that eventually I will get a chance to get a picture of my son with Nate McLouth and THE ball — hopefully authographed. Well, nevermind the completion of that memory– aint gonna happen. Bye Nate — gonna miss ya in center field. Michael

Here we go again! I’m am sick and tired of the same song and dance every year. When the season began, Huntington
says we have the team to compete, then 2 months into the season, they start the trade merry-go-round.
I have been a Pirate fan since birth in 1955.
I now live in the midwest and order mlb extra innings so I can follow the buccos every year. My family travels back east about every 3 years to visit family and friends and always take in a pirate game. NOT THIS YEAR! This trade is the final
straw. I will be attending Orioles game from now on.
Good luck and have another great year REBUILDING!

I am sick of this type of management.
How long will it be before we see Ryan Doumit traded? Or Zack Duke?
I don’t think the Pirates will see me at PNC Park this year.

Wow we should have at least gotten good prospects
the one pithcer is 1-4 in single A thats horible please Neal what in the H is he thinking

When are we going to stop developing other players just for other teams we gave up a gold glove out fielder for prospects we continue to do this . Great example the jason Bay trade is Neal hinting he gave up on this year? This was a money movewhere is Joe L Brown to teach Neal

I just pray that this managemant realizes why our pitchers are having such good seasons. Defense up the middle. Nate was a gold glove that anchored an outfield that, I believe, is errorless this year. Trading Jack or Freddie would be a stupid move as there is no one waiting for their spots.

Trading Nate was a crime given he was not free agent bound. I just hope that McCutchen can fill the bill. But what was wrong with Nate, Morgan and McCutchen.

We’re without Doumit, but are pressing towards .500. Why!?

Dear Pirate Fans;
What more can we expect? Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelley have each said that they want a contender, not a pretender, for us. Well this goes to show you that they can’t tell the difference. Last year they traded away Jason Bay and Xavier Nady and what did we get in return? Nothing. Now Nate McLouth. Both of these idiots should be committed to the state Sanitarium for psychiatric evaluation. You don’t trade good players for untested players and not get burned, in the end. Can we trade Huntington and Coonelley for at least a couple of Hotdogs and 6 warms Pepsi’s . We’d be getting more of a deal than we have been getting. Instead of going forward to better the contending chance, we are going farther in the hole. How much more of this can we take?

What these ,so called baseball people don’t understand is the human factor. There are certain players that are keepers,not just commodities. Players like Nate ,Jason Bay,and Xavier Nady were team players that gave it all up every game. They were also quality people and team leaders that gave the team motivation. That’s why the Penguins and Steelers are successful,because management does’t tamper with the personality of the teams. Maybe the Pirates need a General Manager who has actually been a part of their organization as a player. Maybe a Kenny Macha or Phil Garner or someone like that. Can’t you people see that the fans are tired of having a team that people laugh at? Hey,Zach Duke is having a good year; Maybe you could pick up a cxouple of minor leaguers for him.

What these ,so called baseball people don’t understand is the human factor. There are certain players that are keepers,not just commodities. Players like Nate ,Jason Bay,and Xavier Nady were team players that gave it all up every game. They were also quality people and team leaders that gave the team motivation. That’s why the Penguins and Steelers are successful,because management does’t tamper with the personality of the teams. Maybe the Pirates need a General Manager who has actually been a part of their organization as a player. Maybe a Kenny Macha or Phil Garner or someone like that. Can’t you people see that the fans are tired of having a team that people laugh at? Hey,Zach Duke is having a good year; Maybe you could pick up a cxouple of minor leaguers for him.

I have held off long enough im still upset about the trade of bay and nady last year and now this trade of nate lets review the bay nady trade ross o. has 4 wins this year jeff k has 2 and these were supposed to be the best prospects the yanks had bay is 3rd in the american league with 15 homers and as for brandon moss he has done very little of anything and now the trade of nate its down right stupid but as long as the pirates go to the games things will not change if this were the steelers how long do u think the fans would stand for such b… s….. they pretty much ran tommy maddox out of pittsburgh for a few bad games and lets not forget John Russell he is a joke as a manager he even went as far as to say the pirates were a better team with out bay and nady ya right …he just stands in the dougout with his arms folded or in his pockets he doesnt even say anything to the players when they make a good play or get a key hit and one more thing neil huntington is an idiot all the way come on pirates fans wake up DONT go to the games enough said

How soon can we get rid of this management team that keeps running our beloved Pirates into the ground? I cant take it. Maybe we can get Mark Cuban to buy the Pirates and spend some money. Be aware duke and wilson will be next, I want to tell huntington that my 12 year old is having a good little league year he could be a prospect for the Pirates. LETS GO PENS

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