June 4, 2009 / 12:25 AM / 9 years ago

Braves get outfielder McLouth in trade with Pirates

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Outfielder Nate McLouth was acquired by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who received three young prospects in return.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth stretches during a workout before a MLB spring training exhibition game with the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida March 11, 2009. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

McLouth, 27, was a National League All-Star and Gold Glove winner for his fielding last season when he set batted .276 with 26 home runs, 94 runs batted in and 23 stolen bases.

This season, McLouth was hitting .256 with nine homers, 34 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

Pittsburgh received pitchers Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke, and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Morton, 25, 4-8 with a 6.15 earned run average for the Braves last season, was 7-2 with a 2.51 ERA with Triple-A Gwinnett this year.

Locke, 21, the Braves second-round selection in the 2006 June free agent draft, was 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA with Single-A Myrtle Beach (A), while 21-year-old Hernandez was hitting .316 for Double-A Mississippi.

Writing by Larry Fine in New York, Editing by Ian Ransom

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