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Post-trade Thoughts, Reaction, Analysis And Marginalia

1. Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett, acquired today from Pittsburgh in the Milledge-Hanrahan trade, will be in uniform for the Nats tomorrow. Morgan will wear No. 1. Burnett will wear No. 17.

2. Once Morgan and Burnett arrive, the Nats must subtract somebody from their 25-man roster. Almost assuredly, they will remove a position player -- most likely an outfielder. Acting GM Mike Rizzo said that the Nats won't announce a roster move until tomorrow.

3. Morgan will bat leadoff and play centerfield. "He's a high-energy speed type of guy," Rizzo said, "very plus-plus defensive capability. We see him as an everyday centerfielder for us hitting somewhere at the top of the lineup. It gives us the defensive centerfielder that we've been missing here. His attitude, make-up and high energy level are really party of his package as a player."

4. In many ways, Morgan is the antithesis of Milledge. Morgan, who was raised as a hockey player, came out of Walla Walla Community College, drafted in the 33rd round on the 2002 draft. At every level, he's had to prove himself. Morgan spent roughly 3-1/2 seasons (2003-06) at various levels of Class A ball. Milledge, meantime, was drafted out of high school in the first round, 12th overall, in 2003. In 2006, at age 21, he was already playing in the big leagues. Especially in Washington, his role was based on potential, not performance. In retrospect, a mistake. "I think we asked him to do things he possibly wasn't capable of doing at this point in his career," Rizzo said.

5. Burnett was used largely as a lefty specialist in Pittsburgh, but he wants a broader role in Washington. And it looks like he'll get it. Lefties are hitting .189 against Burnett this year, but righties aren't faring much better, at .211.

6. Here's my history with Sean Burnett. Forgive the purple prose; I was just out of college, and still needed some good slaps from wise editors.

7. Fangraphs analyzes the trade. In a nutshell: The poorest-fielding outfield in baseball finally has a guy who can catch.

8. According to Dejan Kovacevic, beat writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hanrahan will be added to the Buccos' pen immediately. Milledge, meantime, will be assigned to the Pirates' rehab program in Bradenton, Fla., for at least a week. After that, it's on to Class AAA Indianapolis. According to GM Neal Huntington, Milledge will be promoted to Pittsburgh "if he performs."

9. Morgan's brother lives in DC, and works for UPS.

10. Milledge, along with Adam Dunn, Scott Olsen, and Ryan Zimmerman, is pictured on the cover of the 2009 Washington Nationals media guide. Oh well. Dmitri Young and Wily Mo Pena were pictured on the front of the team's foldable pocket schedule in 2008.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 30, 2009; 5:55 PM ET
 
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kearns finally getting his walking papers?

Posted by: bford1kb | June 30, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I still think it will be Belliard, but what do I know?

Posted by: BinM | June 30, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I like this trade. Hockey attitude, alright, somebody with fire . I think Milledge got too much too soon. Burnett wants to go after guys? That's good. Hanny too often had the deer in he headlights look. Let's see how they play.

Posted by: gengreen17 | June 30, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

newposted:
There's been a lot of talk on here about Rizzo's emphasis on reliability vs. Bowden's obsession with tools and upside. But this might be an even better indicator of Rizzo's focus on high-character "clubhouse" guys, which Morgan apparently is.

Can't say I'm thrilled by this, we're certainly selling these two at bottom value, both have some actual talent if given the right situation. That said, I'm happy we get a useful LHP for the pen for Hanrahan, who we were going to lose for nothing if he was DFA'ed. I'll reserve judgement on Morgan, because I think this is just the beginning of a few moves, and he'll be a very useful 5th OF/defensive replacement who will be very cheap through his peak production years.

Posted by: natinbeantown | June 30, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

> 9. Morgan's brother lives in DC, and works for UPS.

I recognize product placement when I see it. Is this who's now pulling the levers of Nationals Journal? How much are they paying you?? What's your cut??? Free shipping in the lower 48????

Posted by: Ted_Striker | June 30, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm kinda baffled by the reaction here. Millidge was essentially a non-entity anymore for this ballclub. Remember, this is a guy who reacted to being sent down by "not following the Nationals at all". Hanrahan was the whipping boy for the bullpen's woes night in and out on this board yet he gets traded rather than DFA'd which a large percentage of voters opted for in a recent survey here and there are objections? Wow.

I'm happy they got anything close to serviceable players for these two.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | June 30, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Between the draft and these moves, I'm starting to think that Mr. Rizzo may actually have a clue. With that in mind, I foresee him cleaning house in the next few weeks.

Kearns being DFA'd at 9 am tomorrow will be the next step. He will be quickly followed out the door by Dmitri and Belliard.

Posted by: MBUSA | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Note Kearns superior fielding listed in the fangraph article. I don't think he is going anywhere. If anything one can see why they (Manny) was hoping that Kearns would win the everyday job over Willingham. With Kearns in the outfield the defense is decidedly different. a difference between Kearns +45 and Willingham's -67.5.

If the Pirates fans and players are tired imagine what its like here. At least this looks like improvement.

Willingham and Dunn have not provided enough offense to offset their dismal defensive skills. They clearly belong in the American League, not the National.

Posted by: periculum | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Burnett doesn't look like a LOOGY as someone said, since he does well vs. righties and lefties. Moreover, his ratio of games pitched to innings worked is fine, about what other relievers do, and not what a LOOGY does.

Another poster said that if the Nats cut Kearns, that indicates that the Nats are not so cheap (since they would eat $4 million). However, they have to pay Kearns regardless. Whether you cut him, bench him or play him, the money paid to him is the same. Kearns has been stinging the ball some here lately, while Belliard looks lost, so my guess is Belli goes.

Demonstrating a lack of cheapness will take place when the Nats make their first trade under the Lerners for someone with a big salary (let's say $10 million or more). The last one was Soriano, who was pre-Lerners (and, when he signed with the Cubs, he netted the Nats a high draft pick who became Zimmermann plus a first rounder). These guys, Morgan and Burnett, both make just a little over $400K. A pretty good low-budget move by the Nats.

Posted by: EdDC | June 30, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo: goes for college over high school guys like Millege et al.

Pretty encouraging reading about the new second baseman he drafted from Cal. He is needed in the bigs ... TODAY! I hope he works hard and makes the jump as quickly as possible.

Posted by: periculum | June 30, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

mlb.com mentioned how the organization has realized Willingham and Dunn are better suited to playing in the AL. Please tell me that Adam Dunn isn't on the trading block! I know he's a defensive liability, but his bat more than makes up for it, right? Zim is a 2nd half hitter every year and with Dunn hitting behind him is poised to have a career year, especially in the 2nd half with Morgan setting the table.

Keep Dunn!

Posted by: jmurray019 | June 30, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Kearns can definitely field.

Belliard is not a decent fielder. If you put Harris over him at 2nd that has to be a problem. He won the starting job because of his offense which has been lacking.

Posted by: periculum | June 30, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy they got anything close to serviceable players for these two.

Posted by: RicketyCricket |

You said it, RC. Nyjer straight up is better than Thrilledge, and so is Burnett over Gascanrahan. It's a win-win.

Plus, we make Nyjer's brother at UPS happy.

Anybody got any relatives at FedEx? USPS? DHL?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | June 30, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

What purple prose? That's not a bad story, Chico.

Wish that I had a 2009 Media Guide. Every time I try to get one at the Park they say they're all sold out.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 30, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Where IS Meat-Hook now, anyway?

Posted by: Juan-John | June 30, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow. What does this do for Willingham, Kearns, Harris and Dukes? I guess you'd expect them to trade Willingham and platoon Harris and Dukes in RF, or demote Dukes and play a better defensive OF with weaker hitters like Kearns.

Posted by: trezmartin | June 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Warning to anyone considering the Fangraphs article: even I had to read it once or twice to get all the stats right in my head. Besides, Chico's summary is the important part.

Posted by: Section506 | June 30, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Rickety: You could be right, but I still feel like the long-term on this trade favors the Pirates. Milledge has 5 years in his favour on Morgan, and Hanrahan can still throw 95mph.
If they both find "a happy place" with their new team & play to "potential", it looks like a bad trade; If not, and both Morgan & Burnett give the Nationals 1-3 years of servicable work, who cares?

Bottom line, it clears Rizzo & Acta of a couple of headaches, and adds two new players who could contribute to their new team.
BTW, I'm actually glad we got something for Hanrahan - I was one of the biggest DFA rooters.

Posted by: BinM | June 30, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Can't we just package Kearns, Willingham, Dukes, and Belliard in exchange for one legit left fielder who can do it all?

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 30, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Amen, RicketyCricket.

I'm looking forward to the impending bloodbath. Of the current position players, I only see Flores, Zimmerman, and Morgan as sure holdovers.

Posted by: rucks35 | June 30, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

To mark the momentous occasion of the trade of Lastings Milledge, I just wanted to drop by and give a special shout-out to our very own Village Idiot here on NJ, a man who needs no introduction and who goes by many names, the one and only:

nunof1/ABM/An Briosca Mor/Sec417/SpamCastin/DCCapsfan/RDS, the list goes on.

My favorite of the excerpts below is the last one, where by May, even after Milledge was demoted you continued to act like a know-it-all jerk. Your arrogance is unparalleled, except for maybe by the Village Idiot of NatsTown. Don't you owe something to JayB now that you were proven utterly and completely wrong?

Here it is, in all of our friend's glory:


They're not going to trade Milledge.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 19, 2009 10:54 PM


And they're not going to trade Milledge.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 26, 2009 7:09 PM


Doesn't matter whether I think he understands baseball, or whether you think he understands baseball. All I've said is that they're not going to trade him. Because they're not. They don't care whether you understand why or not.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 26, 2009 8:11 PM


And in case you haven't already figured it out, they're not going to trade Milledge.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 30, 2009 1:12 PM


They're not going to trade Milledge.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 31, 2009 12:07 PM


And they're not going to trade Milledge.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 31, 2009 11:26 PM


And they're not going to trade Milledge.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 2, 2009 3:02 PM


Tell me, has he been traded yet? Nope. All I ever said was that he wouldn't be traded. I never said why.

And it's still looking like he won't be traded, isn't it?

Posted by: nunof1 | May 4, 2009 12:59 PM

Posted by: LernersARECheap | June 30, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

BinM: "Milledge has 5 years in his favour on Morgan..."

And at the rate he's going it'll take Milledge about that long to get his head on straight.

If ever.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 30, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

@Juan-John: Serious? DaMeat's doing a rehab stint w/ the GCL Nationals; Should be moving up to AA/AAA in the next 10 days or so. He's on-schedule for a return if the Nationals move NJohnson before the deadline.

Posted by: BinM | June 30, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Can't we just package Kearns, Willingham, Dukes, and Belliard in exchange for one legit left fielder who can do it all?

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 30, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse
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Um, NO! Who in heaven would take that stack of crap for a legit 5-tool LF? This isn't the NBA, where a team can trade expiring contracts (Belliard & Kearns) for value; And why would any rational GM gut RF (Willingham, Dukes & Kearns) for a LF, when you already have Dunn, Harris, and now Morgan on the roster?

Think before typing (or speaking) - it can help.

Posted by: BinM | June 30, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow. With no one but Kearns left to hate on, it can get kind of bitterly personal in here.

While we're at it, then, can we start coming up with insulting names for the new guys? It's just a matter of time...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 30, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

and speaking of product placement, I can't believe we got a Pirate named Morgan, and nobody's mentioned the Captain yet.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 30, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can get a whole section to strike the Foot on Barrel of Rum pose when Nyjer comes up...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 30, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

OK, sec3's already been into the grog for some time now - I'm outta here.

Posted by: BinM | June 30, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

wow...that's a lot of "they aren't going to trade Milledge" going on there.....

Posted by: MrMadison | June 30, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

...and collectively utter "Avast!" for a hit and "Argh!!!" if he makes an out.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | June 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Good call, Sec3. Morgan is now officially "The Captain." Adjust your preset hate appropriately.

And Burnett is Burn-it. Or for the misogynists that sometimes come out of the woodwork here, Burnette.

Posted by: Section506 | June 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Whoops - sorry BinM - I meant trade the stack of crap for a legit RIGHT fielder. I like Dunn, think his offense far outweighs his defensive liabilities. We keep him.

The rest of those guys - hell, if the Pirates think they can get something useful out of Milledge and Hanrahan, there's gotta be someone out there who'd be willing to part with a legit right fielder for the package.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 30, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

We could get him to adopt this batting stance:

http://marinerds.com/pictures/031109/201-Hosoyamada.JPG

Posted by: Section506 | June 30, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"@Juan-John: Serious? DaMeat's doing a rehab stint w/ the GCL Nationals; Should be moving up to AA/AAA in the next 10 days or so. He's on-schedule for a return if the Nationals move NJohnson before the deadline."

Don't bet on it. The Bucs wanted Stammen, and had to settle.

Lots of rumors surrounding a Willingham trade either to Seattle or some other AL team or to someone like Cincinnati. Expecting that first.

They must be happy with NJ. They aren't going to let him go for less than "top dollar". He is way to valuable with both the bat and the glove.

I can see them letting Dunn go first.

But if they trade Willingham now they have an outfield that would place Dunn in left, Captain Morgan the Pirate in center, and in right either Kearns or Dukes. Much better defensively.

Resign NJ and trade Dunn for some future OF prospects. More money for the Strasberg signing.

Posted by: periculum | June 30, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Dunn has another year and a half for a contract, you shouldn't trade him except for a high price. Same with Guzman.

Johnson is out this year and Willingham is arb eligible, which gives any team that takes him the option of declining and being rid of him. That's the sort of guy you trade at deadline.

Willie Harris is nothing but positive for any team who takes him. He's 31, so he only makes us feel good while we wait. Flip him. And give me more of the Captain so I can bear it.

Posted by: Section506 | June 30, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Who on the staff now gets the Luis Ayala-Joel Hanrahan "Oh, No!" Award for the reliever who has all of us reaching for a "Nats Cocktail" (bourbon and Maalox)?

I nominate Colome or Villone. But it's been a long day and I may be leaving out a deserving candidate. Tavares certainly made a bid last night, but one swallow doesn't make a spring.

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 30, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

kearns isn't movable he wouldn't be part of any deal

Posted by: bford1kb | June 30, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh God. Here we go again.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 30, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I love the Burnett for Hanrahan portion of this trade, and getting anything for Milledge is ok by me (though I still want to go back in time and swap Church for Kearns in the deal that brought him here), what I don't get is why Morgan?

Morgan has less power than harris, (WH .450ish to JM's .350 SLG) Harris is 7-1 in steal and JM is 18-10, not good!

Neither guy can hit lefties (both under .200), I'm sure Morgan is a defensive upgrade over Harris, but not by enough to offset trading Milledge IMO, and it's not like Morgan is a kid either, he's only 2 years younger than Harris!

Posted by: estuartj | June 30, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Zimmerman= Chuck Knabloch syndrome!

Posted by: dargregmag | June 30, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

LernersARECheap's re-emergence from the primordial ooze brings to mind the story of the lady who called Winston Churchill a drunk. I'll take the Churchill part in that exchange, even though LernersARECheap is certainly no lady. Hope he enjoyed his trip through the archives to drag up all those quotes. Although maybe he should just get a life instead.

Speaking of which, I think I will. I'm outta here for good. AMF.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 30, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo got fleeced.

Punting Lastings for Morgan is likely not a good move. Morgan is 29 and his lone tool is speed (paging Nook Logan!), his potential is nothing close to Milledge's and Lastings (24 years old) is under control for several years. The Nats did all they could to minimize the kid's value (threw him in CF again and in the lead-off spot -- gave him about 15 minutes of a shot and demoted him). They should have waived Kearns in April (they may do it tomorrow) and let Lastings me a 4th-5th OF. And Hanrahan is going to thrive over there, watch.

Burnett to DC may also mean Beimel away from DC. Might be a busy week for the Nats. Johnson may be moved any day now roo.

Posted by: dfh21 | June 30, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

But nunof/ABM/Section417 etc., in the morning you'll still be an arrogant jerk. Good riddance.

Posted by: LernersARECheap | June 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

"Dunn has another year and a half for a contract, you shouldn't trade him except for a high price. Same with Guzman."

The Mets, the Mariners, the Rays, the Red Sox aren't really going to care about that now are they? Stop thinking like a small ball, small market team like well say Cincinnati!!! Sheesh, you live in a large market area even if the Lerners appear to ignore that fact most of the time. As Homer would say: DOH!

"Johnson is out this year and Willingham is arb eligible, which gives any team that takes him the option of declining and being rid of him. That's the sort of guy you trade at deadline."

NO ONE mentions Johnson anymore because Rizzo wants too much for him. My guess is they resign him if he continues on as he has. Why not? You're not going to do better unless you deal with the Yankees and get a Texiera.

You are right Willingham is cheap salary wise which is why he so often associated in trade rumors with of all places ... Cincinnati! Can you say Jim Bowden?

Posted by: periculum | June 30, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

C'mon now, let's lay off Milledge. What's with all the attitude problems? It's not like he knocked over bank or something. Good luck to both those guys.

Posted by: thegraneys | June 30, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

So you play a couple of 30+ year old outfielders while waiting for Maxwell, Bernadina, Daniels, Marrero or for the Lerners to decide to sign some decent free agents.

WKRP Cincinnati.

Posted by: periculum | June 30, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Dukes is still young enough to be a prospect. Kearns is just past that.

They need better, not more outfielders.

Posted by: periculum | June 30, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

hasn't Nick stated that he isn't interested in re-signing with the Nats?

Posted by: MinorLeagueFanatic | June 30, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Regarding point no. 10. I have a 2009 Nats calendar that was printed in summer 2008 hanging above my desk. All this month I've had to look at Paul Lo Duca, next month John Rauch. Sometimes the more things change, the more they change.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | June 30, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

It's very easy for an arm chair GM to decide what Milledges value is. Given how long he has been on the block I'm fairly sure Rizzo has a decent idea what his value is. The kid was never coming back to DC because there was no where for him to play. So his value was essentially nothing. His attitude precluded him being a sub in CF/LF. So discussing his value is a little strange. He had no value.

He fielded like a power hitting left fielder and he hit like defensive whizz center fielder. In two year the Pirates will be wondering how they ever got conned into taking him.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 30, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Why so many posts where the fans don't know the names of the players? I have just seen Jason Maxwell, Javier Flores, John Rauch..

Posted by: MinorLeagueFanatic | June 30, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that those who even bother to read my posts think I'm just an old fool, but a few questions for you "experts" out there. One, what is with the hatred of Dmitri Young a guy who, when healthy, was our best hitter and still wouldn't hurt this team coming off the bench as a "super" ph? What, you prefer the great Ronnie Belliard/Austin Kearns combo? Why do you lump Elijah Dukes in with Lastings Milledge as a "can't play cf" guy. If you gave Elijah the same chance that was given LM, guaranteed he'd be not only an acceptable but probably even a good CF. He has two things Lastings didn't - a strong work ethic and natural ability with the glove and arm. Have to include my usual question about what Manny Acta has shown anyone that makes the case for keeping him. And last, for now, please list all of the great players who you think realistically would have signed with the Nats the past two off seasons if not for the "cheap Lerners." Please follow up the last answer with just how many more games the Nats would have won that way...

Posted by: truke | June 30, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

MLF

No, he stated that he wanted to sign for a winner. He didn't single us out. So yes then.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 30, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

What a circus this team is!

But I still love 'em! Because, what a circus this team is!

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | June 30, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey how about that power hitter Craig Stammen!

Posted by: bigmook | June 30, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

All right Stammen!!! I guess the old adage applies...if you want something done, you have to do it yourself.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | June 30, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | June 30, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Adam DUNN!!!!

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 30, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Flynnie...they just needed a pitcher to show them how to get a clutch hit...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | June 30, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Soundbloke: Lastings had ZERO value in your mind? Former first round pick, hit for great average through the minors, 24 years old, last year his 14 HR's led the club and he led the club in RBI's, with plus speed (24 SB's). Sure, he played like crap for the 24 AB's he got this year -- SEVEN games, but does that really make him of no value to anyone? He's a big zero at age 24 b/c he has not figured it out yet after one full season in the bigs?

I hope that Morgan - who has yet to have a full season in the bigs at age 28 -- he turns 29 on Thursday, and who has played a total of about 55 games in CF, can show us he was worth the move.

Posted by: dfh21 | June 30, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm,I guess no gold glove for Zimmerman this year.

Posted by: hotrod2 | June 30, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of, what DID ever happen to Nook Logan?

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 30, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Chico,

I like your work at the Post. But that piece you did at the Post Gazette was horrible! "Purple prose" does not do it justice. It was simply unreadable!

Natsfan, I think you know a thing or two about baseball, but when it comes to writing.....

I like this trade for the Nats, and I think Chico is right it points to another deal. The Nats crowded outfield just got more crowded. Hard to say who should go. But please don't trade Nick so as to move one of those lummoxess to first base. Nick is a guy who can field his position and get on base....

Posted by: JLNash819 | June 30, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

What in the name of Brooks Robinson is going on with the "face of the franchise" three more errors tonite,this team is disintergrating right before the all star break and the bullpen? they can't hold a lead the starting pitching is in disaray and somewhere Randy St.Claire is LHAO!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | June 30, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

His brother is our UPS man... wild! very nice guy.

Posted by: Jazzconcert | July 1, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

As a life long Pirate fan, I think Rizzo just took Huntington to the cleaners. Neither Morgan or Burnett will be great players, but they both look to have decent careers ahead of them as at least a fourth outfielder and left handed reliever. Pittsburgh got a head case and a guy with a 7.71 ERA.

What really frosts me is that the Pirates anted Milledge and Stammen for Morgan, and the Nats said no. Then Hanrahan was suggested as a replacement for Stammen, and Pittsburgh decided to throw in Burnett. It makes no sense.

Posted by: dlk117561 | July 1, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

With Burnett it makes it even easier to shop Beimel.

Even though he hasn't done great for Nats, contenders will like his experience.

His only value to the Nats is what he can bring in return. Villone would bring nothing and won't be back.

I don't think Morgan is a great center fielder but he does play hard and can out run some of his mistakes in judging balls.

Still he is a 1 or 2 year regular player. He really has a tough time hitting leftys too.

Posted by: Pensfans | July 1, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

So to sum up the trade: the Nats got a future outfield defensive replacement/pinch runner and a burned-out lefty specialist wannabe in return for a still-promising but erratic arm and a multi-talented young outfielder who hasn't fulfilled his promise yet.

In the battle of two rebuilding teams, it seems Neal Huntington was the GM who remembered what stage of the life cycle his organization was in. Mike Rizzo, meanwhile, is putting the finishing touches on the bench of a championship team. Someone please clue him in?

Posted by: B2O2 | July 2, 2009 3:08 AM | Report abuse

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