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Nationals deal outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Brewers

Mar 27, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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Forget what you might’ve heard.

According to beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals have traded speedy outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers for young utilityman, and son of Lenny, Cutter Dykstra.

Rick Ankiel secured the Nats’ starting center field role with a decent showing this spring and Milwaukee had a need for outfield depth in the wake of Friday’s trade of Chris Dickerson.

Morgan, 30, will serve as an active but unproductive fourth outfielder with the Brewers. He posted a putrid .253/.319/.314 batting line, zero homers and 24 RBI over 577 plate appearances in 2010 and was caught on 17 of his 51 stolen base attempts. He’s known mostly for his speed, but his track record on the basepaths is far from good. Or even decent.

Dykstra, 21, batted .312/.416/.411 last season at Single-A Wisconsin. He doesn’t have much power potential but he has played all around the field and boasts a good amount of athleticism.

  1. cur68 - Mar 27, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    er…what? Can yo do that? Trade a kid to your own team? This is why we need an edit function. Come on Drew, you got clout; make it happen.
    Hope Nyjer learns to shut up and play ball and that Cutter is nothing like his old man.

  2. fanoredsox - Mar 27, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    I love the Headline! The Nationals have traded a player to Nationals. I never knew you could trade a player to yourself. I wonder if the trade included a player to be named later or cash considerations. I guess the writer had not had his coffee before he wrote this post. LOL!

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    I guess Drew does have an edit button.

  4. fanoredsox - Mar 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    I guess they caught the error and made the change. They should have left the Headline the way it was. The Headline was the only thing that made this story appealing. I also hope that Nyjer learns to shut up. Maybe somebody will intervene and show him clips of Milton Bradley, Terrel Owens and Chad Johnson (I refuse to call that idiot by his grammatically incorrect self given new last name) and how much people hate those F-ing idiots. People like that ruin teams internally and keep good free agents from wanting to play along side them.

  5. Drew Silva - Mar 27, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Sorry dudes.

  6. sjhaack - Mar 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I think it’s a bit unfair to characterize Nyjer by only his last season. His slugging for the career is a bit higher and his obp is much higher. It’s like saying the “real”, Pat Burrell is the one from the 2009 Rays.

  7. Old Gator - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    I recall reading somewhere that Lenny Dykstra’s son – not sure how many he has, or if he has others if the mothers even know the kids’ father’s real name is Lenny Dykstra – wasn’t on speaking terms with him because Dykstra took his signing bonus and blew it somehow under pretext of investing it. Anyone know if this is the same kid?

    • cur68 - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Sadly, yes. It seems Lenny couldn’t be satisfied with landing “Cutter” on the boy’s birth certificate, he had to go piss away the kids dough, too. Lenny had to be removed from one of Cutter’s games recently by the law. Seems Cutter isn’t in a forgiving mood. Could Lenny be a bigger loser?

      • Old Gator - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        Sick. And if my son felt that way about me I’d have myself chopped up and fed to a dire beaver.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        Look for Cutter’s power numbers to go up when Lenny gives him the keys to the medicine cabinet.

    • jhorton83 - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      Lenny Dykstra taking his kid’s signing bonus and blowing it? That doesn’t sound like Lenny at all… Seriously though, it’s the same kid.

      “The Brewers rewarded Cutter with a $737,000 signing bonus to buy him out of a college scholarship, which he then gave to his father to invest. Well, like most of his father’s investments, that money is now long gone. The two are no longer on speaking terms, eerily similar to what happened with another Milwaukee player whose father played in the majors, Prince Fielder.”

  8. nicosamuelson2 - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    The answer to your question is no. Lenny could not be a bigger loser.

  9. aburns77 - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Good to see the Nationals get rid of this bum, even if it’s for basically nothing in return. Morgan was a pretty valuable player not that long ago so this could be a steal for the Brewers potentially, but his inability to get on base and when he did the fact that he kept trying to steal bases even though he would get caught constantly makes him a rather unproductive player right now.

  10. elmaquino - Mar 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Ank knocks off his competition all the way to another team! Nice

  11. macjacmccoy - Mar 27, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    I thought you guys said he wasnt that good and would never make it to the majors which made his dad taking his signing money and losing it such a horrible thing?

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