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.