On his way to the ballpark today, Nyjer Morgan’s cell phone beeped with some interesting news. There’s an Internet report that the Pirates are mulling a trade which would send Morgan to the Nationals for enigmatic outfielder Lastings Milledge.
The Pirates, however, are cool to the offer of Milledge. Management would prefer to acquire a middle infielder or starting pitcher.
“I’ve never been in this situation, so it’s kind of new to me,” Morgan said. “It is (flattering) because it means I’ve opened up some other teams’ eyes and they think I can help out their organization, too.”
Morgan is batting .267 with a pair of homers. He is tied for third in the National League with 18 stolen bases.
Milledge, 24, has played in just 260 games over four seasons in the majors and has a career .261 batting average with 25 home runs. He wore out his welcome with the Mets and has confounded the Nats by showboating, missing team meetings and taking a lazy approach in the outfield.