Nyjer Morgan Trade Gives Brewers New Leadoff Option

Nick KapetanContributor IMarch 27, 2011

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Nyjer Morgan #1 of the Washington Nationals against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 15, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Nyjer Morgan is a much better predictor than most college basketball analysts.

Morgan, a 30-year-old outfielder, stated how he did not expect to make the Washington Nationals Opening Day roster. The Nationals validated his prediction by shipping him off to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguer Cutter Dykstra.

The Brewers have been keeping an eye on Morgan after they recently traded Chris Dickerson to the Yankees for pitcher Sergio Mitre. GM Doug Melvin believed he would fill the void with an in-house candidate, either Brandon Boggs or Jeremy Reed.

With the asking price for Morgan decreasing in the past few days, Melvin decided to pull the trigger on the deal.

Morgan provides a leadoff option for the Brewers which Boggs and Reed could not adequately provide. His speed is also appealing with 92 career stolen bases over his four-year career. 

Dykstra, the Brewers second-round draft pick in 2008, has been stuck in the lower levels of Milwaukee's system since he was drafted.

Since starting his professional career, Dykstra has had an identity crisis in the field. He started off in the outfielder, but saw more time at third base in 2010.

In his three seasons his power numbers have not been stellar, but his average continues to increase each year with it being .312 last season.