Nyjer Morgan to Brewers; Nats get Cutter Dykstra

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BREAKING: Per @washingnats Nyjer Morgan has been traded from the Washington Nationals for Cutter Dykstra. Yes, he’s Lenny Dykstra’s son. At the very least, the trade has to be addition by subtraction. It is too bad it didn’t work out, because Morgan’s play in 2009 made that season a lot more interesting for a couple of months.

UPDATE: Here is the conclusion I reached when Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan were traded for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett:

I have a feeling that this will ultimately be a trade that does little to change the fortunes of two struggling franchises and the final conclusion will be something like “meh.”

Pretty much, though on the whole, I think that trade worked out better for the Nats than the Pittsburgh Pirates.

I am not crazy about Rick Ankiel being the centerfielder though. This team needs to develop a real centerfielder or go and get one.

PRESS RELEASE:

NATIONALS ACQUIRE INF CUTTER DYKSTRA FROM BREWERS

IN EXCHANGE FOR CF NYJER MORGAN

The Washington Nationals this morning acquired infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash considerations from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for center fielder Nyjer Morgan. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Dykstra was selected by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and has a .374 on-base percentage with 49 stolen bases in three minor-league seasons. Recently tabbed the eighth-best prospect in the Brewers organization by Hardballtimes, Dykstra was rated the second-best prospect in the Single-A Pioneer League and seventh-best Brewers prospect by industry-insider Baseball America following the 2008 season.

Morgan, 30, batted .253 with 24 RBI and 34 stolen bases in 136 contests last season with Washington.

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