The seven-year veteran, who struggled mightily over his last two seasons, has a club option for $10.65 million in 2012 with a $1.25 million buyout. Already having lost time due to the acquisition of Michael Bourn, McLouth had sports hernia surgery on Aug. 5 and was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
McLouth came to Atlanta via trade in 2009 after he set career highs in 2008 for average (.276), homers (26), RBIs (94) and OPS (.853). 2009 was by far his best year with Atlanta, however, when he hit .257 with 11 home runs over 84 games. His production declined sharply afterward as McLouth battled injuries.
McLouth played in only 85 games in 2010 and 81 games in 2011. En route to hitting .190 in 2010, McLouth was even sent to Triple-A Gwinnett for a spell.
A .228 batting average in 2011 coupled with diminishing speed and a poor arm in the outfield led to the Braves giving Jordan Schafer a whirl in center field. When Schafer broke his hand, the Braves turned acquiring Bourn, who is locked up through 2012, from the Houston Astros. Though Bourn played in only 53 games, he still led the Braves with 22 stolen bases.
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