Maryvale, AZ – The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Nyjer Morgan from the Washington Nationals in exchange for infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash considerations.
Morgan batted .253 with 34 stolen bases and 24 runs batted in over 136 games for the Nationals in 2010. He was suspended twice late last season for a total of 15 games after throwing a ball into the seats at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park on August 21 and using inappropriate language toward fans and having a physical altercation with Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad on September 1. The seven-game ban for the Philadelphia incident was later rescinded.
The 30-year-old veteran has a career .283 average in four big league seasons with Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. He showed signs of promise after the 2009 trade from the Pirates, hitting .351 in 49 games for the Nationals before a broken bone in his hand ended his season prematurely in late August.
Dykstra, the 21-year-old son of former big leaguer Lenny Dykstra, hit .312 with five homers, 39 runs batted in and 27 stolen bases in 100 games for Milwaukee's Class-A Wisconsin team in the Pioneer League last year.