Rumored: Nationals Offer Milledge to the Pirates

The Washington Nationals have offered their 2008 starting centerfielder Lastings Milledge to the Pittsburgh Pirates for their current utility outfielder Nyjer Morgan in a straight-up-trade.

The report, from Piratesreport.com, says that the Pirates GM would want Mike Rizzo to add at least one more player to the deal.

Nyjer Morgan is a slight 29-year-old outfielder who can provide mediocre hitting for average, poor hitting for power, good defense and solid speed.

Sound familiar? I’ll give you a hint:

He’s Pittsburgh’s Willie Harris!

Now while one can debate the importance of having a Willie Harris on a big league roster, I think one would be hard pressed to find someone who would argue that a team needs more than one Willie Harris.

Nyjer Morgan: . 5’11”, 176 LBS, 270/.346/.350, 2 HR, 18 SB
Willie Harris: 5’9”, 185 LBS, .248/.359/.440, 4 HR, 7 SB

The way the Nationals have handled Milledge is still confusing. He was on the fringe of becoming an above average outfielder, producing very good numbers at only the age of 23 last year. Many believed the young slugger was on his way to become a star. A poor spring training showing, and a poor first week of the season found him in the minors.

Going back to the minors is understandable for a young stud who needs to work out some kinks. However it has been clear the Nationals have the intent to remove him from their future, and this rumor only confirms it.

Why the Nationals want to trade him for a player who they; 1) already have in Willie Harris, 2) don’t need, and 3) has no future value….I just don’t know.

The Nats still need to give Milledge his chance.