Nats To Send Milledge, Hanrahan To Pirates For Morgan, Burnett

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJune 30, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 20:  Joel Hanrahan #38 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on April 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed in principle to a trade.

Washington is sending perennial bust, outfielder, and former lead-off man Lastings Milledge with former closer Joel Hanrahan to the Pirates for outfielder and lead-off man Nyjer Morgan and reliever Sean Burnett.

This is a definite win for the Nationals, dumping the dysfunctional Milledge to the Pirates for Morgan. 

The Nationals also get rid of its former closer Hanrahan and get Burnett in return.

Burnett is having a decent year, with a 3.06 ERA, a 1-2 record, one save in two save opportunities, and a 1.14 WHIP.

Hanrahan is 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA and five saves in 10 opportunities. Hanrahan has a 1.96 WHIP.

Morgan is hitting .277 with two home runs and 27 RBI. He has 77 hits in 71 games this season.

Milledge is currently down in Triple-A Syracuse and has played in only seven games for the Nationals thus far. In those seven games, Milledge had a .167 average (4-for-24), no home runs, and one RBI.

The Pirates are again dismantling their roster, trading good players and getting a pittance in return.

But, the Pirates' lose is the Nationals' gain.