Nationals trade Morgan to Brewers

VIERA, Fla. — The Washington Nationals traded hot-tempered outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash.

Dykstra is the son of former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra. The trade came two days after Milwaukee sent outfielder Chris Dickerson to the New York Yankees for pitcher Sergio Mitre.

Morgan stole 34 bases last year during a season in which he drew a pair of weeklong suspensions from Major League Baseball. He appealed those penalties and eventually sat out for eight games.

Last week, he was restrained by a Nationals coach as Washington scrapped with St. Louis. Morgan appeared to have upset the Cardinals by running into Albert Pujols as the star first baseman handled a tailing throw.

Morgan became expendable once it became clear that Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston Jr. would platoon in center field. Ankiel will start for Washington on opening day.

"It wasn't really what he didn't show as what Ankiel did show," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Ankiel showed us he can go get the ball in the outfield. His arm is really a weapon. When he's put there, very few players are going from first to third or second to home. He can create a lot of damage with one swing of the bat.

"Nyjer had a nice spring training. After the first week he did really well. He did everything he had to do, it's just Ankiel winning the job, not Nyjer losing the job."

Morgan, who bats and throws left-handed, will probably compete with righty Carlos Gomez for playing time in Milwaukee.

Morgan said recently that he didn't think he'd be with the Nationals on opening day.

Share This Story