Over the last month and a half the Orioles have used Nate McLouth as their No. 3 hitter and he has rewarded them with a solid .262/.335/.411. Not bad for a guy who was released by the Pirates earlier in the season.
McLouth could have done that with the Yankees though if he had accepted the minor league contract they had offered him in June, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Apparently he felt that he had a better chance making the Orioles and turned down the Yankees deal.
It’s just as well really because the Yankees got Ichiro Suzuki a short while later and his line of .288/.311/.404 is only slightly worse. With Ichiro the Yankees also get solid outfield defense and somebody who can occasionally swipe a bag.