ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves have acquired All-Star center fielder Nate McLouth from the Pittsburgh Pirates for three prospects, a move to beef up Atlanta's offense in hopes of contending in the NL East.
The 27-year-old McLouth was an All-Star last season and set career highs with a .276 average, 26 homers and 94 RBIs. The Braves desperately needed more offense from an outfield that produced only 10 homers through the first 51 games.
Atlanta sent pitcher Charlie Morton, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, and pitcher Jeff Locke to the Pirates for McLouth, who is hitting .256 with nine homers and 34 RBIs this season.
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