Filed Under (Nats Player News, Nats Trade Rumors, NL East Chatter) by mrose at 5:45 PM on 06-30-2009
Earlier this afternoon the Nationals officially completed a trade which will bring them OF Nyjer Morgan from the Pittsburgh Pirates and left handed reliever Sean Burnett.Â The Nationals gave up still young, but troublesome Lastings Milledge and reliever Joel Hanrahan to get the deal done.
Morgan is having a very solid season at the age of 28 batting .277 with 18 SB, 27 RBI and 77 total hits and is playing very solid defense as well.Â Burnett has been a pretty solid reliever appearing in 38 games, pitching 32.1 innings to a 3.08 ERA and should help a troubled Nats bullpen.
Milledge will now play for his third team and hope to have the luck and success everyone thought he would for years now.Â He is still only 24 years old and has the potential to put up All-star numbers.Â He was demoted to the minors this year after failing to produce in the leadoff spot for the Nationals.
Hanrahan has had a rough season after being named the closer in spring training.Â He only recorded 5 saves before being removed from the role.Â The Nationals had been using a more closer by committee type approach and it is unclear how Pittsburgh will utilize the former starter.
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