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Brewers trade for Morgan

Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:28 am
Edited on: March 27, 2011 12:14 pm
By Matt Snyder

Just a few days after Nyjer Morgan suggested he was done in Washington, it became reality. The center fielder was traded to the Brewers Sunday morning. ( )

Morgan, 30, hit .253 with a .319 OBP last season. He stole 34 bases, but was caught 17 times. He scored 60 runs. The previous season, however, Morgan had a bit of a breakout. He hit .307 with a .369 OBP, 74 runs and 40 stolen bases.

The Brewers traded Chris Dickerson to the Yankees for pitcher Sergio Mitre earlier in the week, so there was a bit of a void in terms of outfielding depth -- especially with Corey Hart having to start the season on the disabled list. Ryan Braun is obviously going to play every day in left. Carlos Gomez is expected to man center, but Morgan can lend a hand. Either one of the two can also fill in over at right field along with Brandon Boggs as long as Hart on the shelf with his oblique injury. It's really a mutually beneficial move, as the Nationals needed to move Morgan and the Brewers were pretty thin on outfield depth.

Morgan had fallen out of favor with the Nationals, who have decided to go with Rick Ankiel in center -- though general manager Mike Rizzo said Morgan's recent comments about not being a fit with Washington were not the reason for the deal.

"Nyjer was a terrific guy in the clubhouse," Rizzo said. "He did everything right. Yeah, I was comfortable with the dynamic in the clubhouse. The dynamic in the clubhouse had nothing to do with the trade today." (CSN Washington )

Ian Desmond will bat leadoff, with Jayson Werth in the two-hole .

The Brewers sent minor-league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash to the Nats. Dykstra had a .416 OBP in Class A last season. He's the son of former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra.

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Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2011 2:10 pm

Brewers trade for Morgan

Attention Milwaukee Brewers!!!  Prepare yourself for a full season of NYJERBALL!!!  That means everything from team brawls, crippling opposition catchers to going "spikes up" while stealing bases!!  I hope he blows another catch in center and then fires his glove against the outfield fence.  That was the play of the year in 2010.  You cannot fault the man for his effort.  His intensity level is off the scale!!! And he can play the game well.

Since: Mar 27, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:16 pm

Brewers trade for Morgan

PUNK! No respect for the game nor respect for his he and Prince should be BFFs before too long.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 5:50 pm

Brewers trade for Morgan

Brewers are serious about this season as they have traded tons of prospects to win now.  I think they will get it done!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 5:15 pm

Brewers trade for Morgan

Unless Carlos Gomez has completely changed his hitting style and can achieve an OBP above .280 (which I doubt), I'll predict Morgan will be starting in CF for the Brewers by mid-May.   There is aboslutely NO DOUBT the Brewers made a serious upgrade with this trade.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 2:11 pm

Brewers trade for Morgan

I'm guessing he'll eventually be a benchwarmer/pinch hiitter.  Perhaps pinch runner in key situations late in games.

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:17 pm

Brewers trade for Morgan

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:42 am

Brewers trade for Morgan

Center Field by committee..... I hope he does well

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