Bucs close to closing Morgan swap


The Pirates are close to closing a four-player trade which would send outfielder Nyjer Morgan and reliever Sean Burnett to the Washington Nationals.

The Pirates will receive outfielder Lastings Milledge and right-hander Joel Hanrahan.

Milledge, 24, was the New York Mets’ first-round draft pick (12th overall) in 2003. He was traded to Washington in November 2007.

The Pirates are awaiting results of a physical on Milledge, who is on a rehab assignment and recovering from a broken finger.

This season, Milledge hit .167 in seven games — and also blew off a team meeting and took lazy routes to fly balls — and was demoted to Triple-A. He’s played in just 260 games over four seasons in the majors and has a career .261 batting average with 25 home runs.

Hanrahan, 27, was drafted in the second round in 2002 by the Los Angeles Dodgers and came up as a starter. After he signed with the Nationals as a minor league free agent, Hanrahan was converted to a closer.

This season, Hanrahan has struggled — going 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA and five saves.