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Nats, Mariners Swap Minor Leaguers

The Nats have just pulled off a trade. Just a little one -- a swap of minor league position players. The Nationals acquired versatile IN/OF Mike Morse from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Ryan Langerhans. The move doesn't affect the 40-man roster. Morse will report to Class AAA Syracuse.

Morse, 27, has played seen only sparing playing time in the big leagues in the last few years, appearing in 35 big league games since 2006. At the time of the trade, Morse was hitting .312 (81-for-260) with 10 homers for Class AAA Tacoma. Morse's only significant run of time in the big leagues came in 2005, when he appeared in 72 games with Seattle and hit .278. Though he has a lifetime .300 big league average, he has only a .397 slugging percentage, with three homers and 23 walks in 300 at bats.

Though the Nats' are calling Morse an infielder, he has appeared in the big leagues at 1B, 3B, SS and both corner outfield positions.

Langerhans, 29, played for the Nats last year, but this season was lost in a crowded outfield picture. He was hitting .212 in 273 at bats with Syracuse.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 28, 2009; 3:25 PM ET
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Anything above a bag of balls is a plus for Langer-awful. Can this be a precursor to come, I beg? Along those lines, what, exactly, is the purpose of playing DuKes, DuKes, DuKes of Earl these days? He's not exactly Kearns-awful, but he's close. Between his base-running gaffes, his striKeouts, his boneheaded outfield plays and general pain-in-the-buttness attitude, he's got to be getting very close to playing his way right out of town. Only JimBo could see the upside to this clown.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | June 28, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm more interested in the developing trade talks with Nyjer Morgan, personally. I think he's worth Millage and Stammen, although I do still have reserves about Millage. It'll look stupid if Millage ends up filling his All-Star billing, while Nyjer Morgan stays a mid-tier center fielder [keep in mind that Morgan is 29; his steal numbers are going to start dropping because of his age].

Posted by: jaumiusk | June 28, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Pretty well-played game on our part. The flubs and mental mistakes were on their side for once. Smile.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | June 28, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea why we would want Morgan, he's no better than Willie Harris and it's not worth losing a prospect (especially a young starting pitcher!) to get 2 years younger.

I think the nats should DFA Colome and Belliard and bring up Mock or Bergmann to fill out an 8 man bullpen (we can play a infielder short because of the versatility of Gonzalez, Hernandez and Dunn).

Posted by: estuartj | June 28, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm sorry to see Langerhans leave the system. He couldn't hit worth a darn, but he was a decent fielder and seemed like he could really draw a walk. A true remnant of the 2007-era Nats, which of course looks better in retrospect than today's collection.

Plus, we're gonna miss all the pun possibilities from "Langerhans." Oh the puns!

Posted by: tmp2234 | June 28, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see Langerhans traded, because I don't want him to play for us anymore, but I truly hope he gets to play for Seattle, since clearly i don't care about them, and he seems to be a player who gives his all.


Posted by: kevincostello | June 28, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

So now MASN is reporting that Martis is being sent down to Syracuse, and Stammen is going to stay in the Nats' rotation.

It's always good to see that this organization knows how to make a decision and then stick to it. I'm sure that screwing with Stammen's head has been a positive experience for him.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | June 28, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm more interested in the developing trade talks with Nyjer Morgan, personally. I think he's worth Millage and Stammen, although I do still have reserves about Millage.

Posted by: jaumiusk | June 28, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

First its Milledge not "millage"...and secondly I disagree strongly with your assertion that Morgan is worth trading away Stammen for.

Stammen has the potential to be a solid contributer in our bullpen, and at the age of 25..hes someone who could be there for a while. quickly you forget his shutout game against the Yankees at Yankee stadium.

And It doesnt make sense to trade away from our already depleated/shabby bullpen.

As for Milledge..he is a bum/ jerk, he will not work on this team...a straight up trade for Morgan would be the best we could get for him.

Posted by: BigCarter28 | June 28, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Nats Radio says Martis has been optioned to SYR. We get to keep Gas Canrahan and Calamity in the bullpen. Now we have TWO guys you can't use in a close game.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 28, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Ribs?!? In Seattle?!? Then he hits a home run. I always liked Langerhans and wish him well with his new team.

In other news, Nats are even with the O's head-to-head for W-L at 12-12 and for season series (having each won one and having tied two of them). We gave 'em this year but we'll be back.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 28, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse


posted yesterday about how the nats management always seems to be hangin' out at the corner of indecision and inertia. it takes them forever to make up their minds about personnel moves and even longer to execute them. they should stop making advance proclamations about what moves they are going to make because usually what they say isn't what they do. and besides, that move leaves them two men short in the bullpen because you can't use gascanrahan and column b in close games. way to go, rizz.

Posted by: surly_w | June 28, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

How on God's green earth is Hanrahan still on the ML roster? DFA him please, put him out of his misery.

Posted by: Section505203 | June 28, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Hanrahan has a 3.58 FIP. Give him an average defense and you'll get at least average results.

Posted by: iishoagie07 | June 28, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

According to Bill Ladson, "...the Nationals are in hot pursuit of Morgan. Milledge was offered, but the Pirates are seeking a starting pitcher or middle infielder." - ( Could newly acquired Mike Morse be headed to the Pirates along with Milledge?

Posted by: unclebuck1 | June 28, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Wait! New post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 28, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is FIP? Whatever it is, watch Hanrahan, he gives up lines drives all over the place.

Time to cut bait.

Hanrahan has a 3.58 FIP. Give him an average defense and you'll get at least average results.

Posted by: iishoagie07

Posted by: comish4lif | June 28, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

unclebuck1 - I think you are on to something, why not trade that HGH/steroidhead Mike Morse to the Pirates with Milledge for Morgan, everyone can benefit from a change of scenery in that deal. Good luck to Langerhans too.

Posted by: markfd | June 29, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Your Langerhans stats are a bit off. He's a combined .212 with 273 ab at Washington in 07 and 08. At Syracuse in 09, he's batted .278 in 205 ab.

Posted by: Watson1 | June 29, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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