Nationals trying to get Nyjer Morgan

Looking to improve their outfield defense, the Nationals are trying to acquire Pirates outfielder Nyjer Morgan, according to a baseball source.

The Nationals see Morgan as a center fielder/leadoff hitter. Currently, he is playing left field and batting second for Pittsburgh. Entering Saturday’s action, Morgan is hitting .267 with two home runs, 27 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

Published reports indicated that Washington is willing to part with outfielder Lastings Milledge, who is currently playing in the Gulf Coast League. But the Pirates don’t need another outfielder. They are looking for a starting pitcher or a middle infielder in return.

Right-hander Craig Stammen’s name has been mentioned in trade talks, but it seems unlikely that he will be dealt. He is considered a major part of a young rotation that includes John Lannan and Jordan Zimmermann.

Don’t look for middle infielders such Alberto Gonzalez or Danny Espinosa to be dealt, but second baseman Anderson Hernandez could be part of the deal. Another source said that the Nationals are going to look for a second baseman after the season.          

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