Melvin talks about Morgan trade
Lots of angles to cover after today’s Brewers-Nationals trade:
— The Brewers sent $50,000 to Washington along with infield prospect Cutter Dykstra for center fielder Nyjer Morgan. The cash came into play when the teams could not agree on a second player. Melvin sold it to Nats GM Mike Rizzo as an opportunity to use the money for two players via waiver claims.
— The Brewers made the deal because they felt thin in center field behind starter Carlos Gomez, especially because prospect Lorenzo Cain was traded over the winter in the Zack Greinke deal and another center field prospect, Logan Schafer, fractured his thumb in Spring Training.
— Instead of letting incumbent center fielder Carlos Gomez guess what Sunday’s addition of Morgan does to his status, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke met with Gomez very early Sunday morning and assured him the job is still his.
“We view [Morgan] as a little more than an extra guy, but we told Carlos to keep doing what he’s doing,” Melvin said.
— Melvin made calls to check out Morgan’s checkered past, which I will get into in my coverage later today. He learned that Morgan is emotional and tempremental, “but he’s not a problem in the clubhouse.” That was good enough for Melvin, who chalked up Morgan’s emotion to the fact he’s a former hockey player.
— Melvin informed outfielder Brandon Boggs that he would not make the team. Boggs is either on waivers already or will be placed on waivers, and Melvin said the Brewers would like to keep him. But Boggs has already been outrighted once, and he would have the right to refuse an assignment to the Minor Leagues this time.
— With Boggs out of the picture, it looks like the Brewers’ Opening Day outfielders will be Ryan Braun, Gomez, Mark Kotsay, Morgan and Jeremy Reed.
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