:n:n:n:n:thumbsdow:thumbsdowcryPITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have traded outfielder Nyjer Morgan and left-handed reliever Sean Burnett to Washington in exchange for outfielder Lastings Milledge and righty Joel Hanrahan.
The deal was finalized hours after the Pirates traded infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske to the Yankees for two Minor Leaguers.
Trade discussions between the Nationals and Pirates have been ongoing for a while now, as Washington has been actively pursuing Morgan as a center fielder and leadoff hitter.
With Milledge, the Pirates receive an outfielder who is five years younger than Morgan and is still believed to have more potential than he has shown during his big-league opportunities thus far.
Milledge has been working back to full health after breaking his right index finger and having surgery back in mid-May. He was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks and just began his rehab work with the GCL Nats over the weekend, playing his third game there on Monday.
Though Milledge has appeared in only seven games for Washington this season, he has more Major League experience than Morgan. In 897 Major League at-bats, Milledge has a .261 average, 25 homers and 113 RBIs. Milledge was a first-round Draft pick back in 2003, but has yet to meet the hype that has followed him while with the Mets and Nationals.
Hanrahan, 27, has spent the last three seasons with the Nationals. Though he was used as a starter in 2007, the right-hander has been used exclusively out of the bullpen during the last two years. He is a combined 11-9 with 5.30 ERA in 115 appearances (11 starts).
This season has not been so kind to Hanrahan, though, as he has allowed 28 earned runs in 32 2/3 innings of relief (34 appearances).
Morgan moves to Washington after establishing himself as an everyday player with Pittsburgh this season. After splitting time between Pittsburgh and Triple-A in 2008, Morgan solidified himself as the team's starting left fielder with a torrid start to the season. Though he has cooled off a bit since, Morgan leaves having hit .277 with 39 runs scored, 18 stolen bases and 27 RBIs this year.
After moving to the bullpen last season, Burnett, 24, established himself as a fairly reliable left-handed reliever for manager John Russell. Though he was much more effective against left-handed hitters, Burnett finished with an overall 3.06 ERA in 38 appearances this season.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.