Mike Rizzo once again proved his worth as a General Manager as he was able to pull of a trade of Nyjer Morgan. Despite it being widely assumed that the Nationals were moments away from releasing the volatile center fielder, Rizzo was able to find a taker. Early Sunday morning, the Brewers changed their mind by sending 2008 2nd Rounder Cutter Dykstra and cash to the Nats. It is my belief that Mike Rizzo deserves a serious raise, if only for this.
Morgan has burned a lot of bridges in the past 9 months, as his attitude worsened along with his on-field performance. Several meltdowns and outfield miscues quickly erased the memory of his standout 2009 season. It became increasingly clear that the two parties were headed for Splitsville.
Now that the new Nyjer-free era has dawned on Nats Park, lets take a look at our haul. Cutter Dykstra is the son of former Phillie Lenny Dykstra, and was a 2nd round draft pick in 2008. He quickly signed and has a solid 2.5 seasons under his belt at 6 different positions; CF, LF, RF, 1B, 2B, and 3B, yet to be seen where the Nats plan to play him. The career .274 hitter had a breakout year in A ball, hitting .312 with an .827 OPS. I would expect for Cutter to start the year with Potomac.