Nyjer Morgan Traded To Milwaukee Brewers

Nyjer Morgan's tumultuous Nationals career is now over. The team has traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league prospect Cutter Dykstra.

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Nyjer Morgan Traded To Milwaukee Brewers For Infield Prospect

Nyjer Morgan thought his time in Washington D.C. was numbered, and indeed, it was. The Nationals have traded Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash considerations, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson

Dykstra, the son of former Philadelphia Phillies star Lenny Dykstra, was a second-round pick in 2008, but has struggled in the Minor Leagues and does not appear to have much of a Major League future. Clearly, the trade was about eliminating Morgan from the roster.

Morgan lost the starting center field job to Rick Ankiel, and immediately hypothesized that he would soon be traded. After a promising start to his career in Washington D.C. in 2009, Morgan had a really bad season in 2010, struggling to get on base, making fielding errors and sparking a lot of controversy with his dangerous play on the basepaths. He also spurred a benches-clearing brawl in Florida when he ran after a Marlins pitcher after being hit by a pitch.

For more on Morgan's departure, check out Federal Baseball

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Jim Riggleman Says He Is 'Disappointed' And 'Surprised' At Nyjer Morgan's Comments

Nyjer Morgan recently told MLB.com that he expects to be released from the team at the end of spring training.

Well, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington, you can count Jim Riggleman as someone who didn't really appreciate those comments.

"The thing about it is, Nyjer has been just a tremendous worker this spring," Riggleman said. "He's been the first guy here, putting in the time in the cage, working with Bo Porter on his baserunning. He's been an outstanding ... all-around guy.

"So I'm disappointed that he feels that way. But I'm sure it's based on he's probably seeing there's two or three other guys he's competing with. Maybe he feels like we're sending him a message that he's not our center fielder. We're still determining that. We're still determining where he fits on the club if he's not our center fielder."

Although it seems like Morgan has improved his game as spring training has gone on, it still looks like his relationship with the Nationals will probably end sooner rather than later.

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Nyjer Morgan's Future With Nationals In Jeopardy After Spring Training

Once Nyjer Morgan lost the Nationals' starting center field job to Rick Ankiel at the tail end of 2011 Spring Training, the question immediately shifted to his future with the organization. It appears, now, that Morgan's days with the team are numbered, and it's only a matter of time before he is officially led go.

MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports that Morgan himself believes he will not be on the team's Opening Day roster.

CF Nyjer Morgan believes his days wth the #Nats are numbered. He does not expect to be with the team by Opening Day.    

If true, it remains unclear whether Morgan would be traded, released or simply sent down to the Minor Leagues. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Brewers were interested in Morgan, but have decided to pass on acquiring him. No other team has surfaced yet as possibly being interested in Morgan. 

Morgan entered Spring Training as the team's starting center fielder, but struggled early and never regained his position. He had a poor year last year, both on and off the field, after showing promise in the weeks after being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009.

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