It became a stigma that Morgan couldn’t outrun, no matter how often he was praised by coaches and team officials this spring.
With the spring schedule winding down and the majority of regulars getting expanded playing time, Morgan was one of only a handful of position players who didn’t make a trip to Kissimmee, Fla., on Saturday and was not in the lineup again on Sunday as it became obvious he was not in the team’s plans as a starter. His last act as a National was a 1-for-3 performance Friday night against the Cardinals.
The trade puts a bookend to one of Rizzo’s first moves with the organization - sending Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan to Pittsburgh for Morgan and ace reliever Sean Burnett - by bringing in Dykstra, a 21-year-old infielder who was a second-round pick in 2008. Dykstra scuffled some in 2009, but put together a solid 2010 season at Single-A for the Brewers and will likely begin this year with Single-A Potomac.
“I don’t find it disappointing at all. Nyjer was a good piece for us the year-and-a-half he was here. Combined with what we gave up in the deal and what we got back in the deal, I’m still satisfied with it.”