Teams Eyeing Nyjer Morgan

2:29pm: Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he has no interest in Morgan (Twitter link). The Brewers will rely on their in-house outfielders.

1:15pm: Rosenthal hears that the Brewers passed on Morgan (Twitter link). They'll go with Brandon Boggs and Jeremy Reed as extra outfielders.

11:17am: The Brewers are one of the teams looking at Nyjer Morgan, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Milwaukee just traded Chris Dickerson away and could have interest in restoring outfield depth.

Scouts covering the Nationals told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that Morgan is very much available. However, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported two weeks ago that the Nationals weren't considering releasing the outfielder.

Beyond The Boxscore suggested the Marlins would be a fit for Morgan, whose on and off-field antics include memorable run-ins with Chris Volstad and the Marlins' fans.


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34 Comments on "Teams Eyeing Nyjer Morgan"


4 years 5 months ago

WSH needs to part ways with Morgan for whatever the cost. Guy is more destructive with his temperament than he is constructive. Bernadina would work out fine in CF and you wouldn’t have to worry about him with fans.

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

When a guy brakes for a hissy fit after botching a play in CF….you know he’s got issues. Still, that’s one of the biggest belly laughs I ever had from watching a blooper reel. (On the other hand I imagine that for Nats fans it’s a lot less funny).

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Is he immature and possibly hot headed? Sure. He needs to grow up a little. He plays baseball with a hockey mentality and he probably has a “little man”complex. However, I don’t attribute half the problems on him as others do.

Look at the reasons the Marlins felt it was approriate to throw at him. Because he knocked over their catcher the day before when he was blocking the plate and he was trying to score when the game was 0-0 in the 10th inning and because he choose to steal a base when they had a huge lead in a game the next day. Those are hardly good reasons to throw at him. Volstad doesn’t exactly have the best command so what if he were hit him on the wrist, ribs or worse and had to miss games or incurred a serious injury? The fact that he choose to rush Volstad, AFTER BEING HIT FOR THE 2ND TIME IN THE GAME, is not something I would penalize him before. He’s a man. And he’s a man trying to earn his keep in the mlb w/o the comfort of a guaranteed contract.
To say he started a brawl after being hit on purpose twice in the same game is insane.

The way he behaved afterwards was definetly immature and not called for. Bumping into the Cardinals catcher on a non-play was also uncalled for, but wasn’t by any means a serious attempt at hurting him. The way he reacted AFTER THINKING HE INADVERTANTLY CAUSED THE BALL TO GO OVER THE WALL FOR A HR, was silly, but you can sort of understand the frustration for perhaps aiding in a thought to be HR.

Morgan is far from a good ballplayer that deserves anything more than a reserve platoon spot but the way ppl bag on this guy is ridiculous and reeks of a double standard. As far as the Marlins related stuff, had that been Brett Gardner, Dustin Pedroia or Scott Podsednik then he what have been called “gritt”, “hard nosed” and “ultra competitive”. This “old guard” and “play the game the right way” bull needs to end and be tempermented with some d@mn common sense.

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

There is truth to certain things you brought up, that’s for sure. However, most of the points you addressed have nothing to do with what I said, and much more to do with comments posted elsewhere on this board. So I am curious, why did you post this response to me?

Rashomon
4 years 5 months ago

I hope he’s traded to the Marlins so the healing can begin.

4 years 5 months ago

Trade him to the Marlins. They could mirror the Cubs and stick to fighting each other. That way everybody would move past the bs between them much faster.

4 years 5 months ago

“Well, we’re looking for a head case, a real crazy SOB,” GM Doug Melvin said, “I want someone who will go out there, and hit other players like he wishes he could hit the ball. I want him to throw his arms up in the air and act like he has no conscience on a daily basis. We want him to show Milwaukee that it can make Charlie Sheen look like Ben Stein.”

jmag043
4 years 5 months ago

Ron Roenicke’s new running game would take a step up with morgan.

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

Yes – unless oversliding the base he’s stealing is still part of Morgan’s M.O.

daveineg
4 years 5 months ago

He already has Gomez in CF. That’s a ton of speed there already.

coolstorybro222
4 years 5 months ago

uh yeah but he can’t hit.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

The thing with Morgan though, is that he never showed those anger issues before last season. If he did, he kept it out of the public at least. Something was going on with him last year-maybe he was frustrated over his own play.

You know how the Jays charged Bautista with making sure that Escobar understood the “Jays Way” of doing things? Maybe the Brewers could use Weeks the same way with Morgan. Weeks is a player of the highest character and work ethic-I’m thinking he’d relish the role. Morgan offers enough for it at least to be worth a try.

Redbirds16
4 years 5 months ago

True story, but he’s already continued the behavior this year, so maybe it’s a more permanent lifestyle change.

I’ve actually heard from many sources that he’s a nice enough guy off the field, he just makes an arse of himself on the field.

If his personality (And I’m not necessarily referring to the outbursts, but what I gather from his personality in general) fits on any team, it would be the Brewers…

4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, because the Brewers used to un-tuck their jerseys after games (a homage to Mike Cameron’s father), and celebrate wins with unnecessary (but fun) antics at home plate…thanks for your two cents you high and mighty Redbirds fan. Is LaRussa sober yet? What about Freese? Is McGwire clean yet?

4 years 5 months ago

hehehe.

goner
4 years 5 months ago

Nyjer Morgan isn’t a bad player, he just needs to consistently keep focus and better apply his speed to baseball skills (e.g., fewer caught stealings, better defensive play in CF). I’m just puzzled where all the aggression came from… Morgan is a former hockey player, but his build doesn’t suggest he was ever a Bob Probert-esque enforcer.

and speaking of builds, I’d rather see Nyjer end up with the Brewers, if only because he’s about the same height as Prince Fielder but 100 lbs. lighter, and the juxtaposition between the two in team photographs would be entertaining.

ophaq2
4 years 5 months ago

I hope he goes to Milwaukee!! They’ve depleted their farm system as it is and we’ll sit back and watch the wheels come off. He’s the new version of Milton Bradley.

eyedessert
4 years 5 months ago

If he were traded to the Marlins, then we all know Gaby Sanchez would be able to keep him in check.

bigpat
4 years 5 months ago

That douchebag would fit right in with the rest of the Brewers, haha.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

bigpat, I’m gonna have to call you on that one. Leave Rickie Weeks alone. He’s of stellar character, and an awesome human being. He plays the game hard, and puts a lot of effort into attempts to better his play.

Honestly, there isn’t anything wrong with the Brewers unless you don’t like their youthful exuberance. Their fans love them in Milwaukee. As long as they please the home crowd, it doesn’t matter what you (or I) think anyway.

ltdibo020
4 years 5 months ago

The Nigerian Nightmare could be on the move!!!

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

Make that “The Nyjerian Nightmare”…(for style points :p)

daveineg
4 years 5 months ago

Carlos Gomez is having a great spring and he can do a lot of what Morgan does anyway. Gomez can be a little showy but he’s a lot more likable. Not sure why BNS failed to mention Kotsay as an extra outfielder too. That’s 3 by my count, one more than they’ll have once Hart is healthy in a couple weeks.

4 years 5 months ago

Kotsay is considered a back-up on the IF if I’m not mistaken.

4 years 5 months ago

Yes, he’s listed as 1b on the roster I believe.

gwells
4 years 5 months ago

take him. please.

poor routes in the OF, can’t get on base, is a poor baserunner, has horrible CS rates, and doesn’t seem to “get it.”

he had a couple of outlier months with the nats when he first got traded at the end of 09. beyond that, he’s been mediocre at best and, in particular, terrible last year.

seriously, what skills does he bring to the plate?? speed. ok. but he doesn’t use it properly to steal bases or play defense. he doesn’t get on base. he has absolutely no power.

sooo… what’s the point?

if he leaves, nats fans won’t miss him.

LUWahooNatFan
4 years 5 months ago

Get a bag of balls at this point for all I care

Rashomon
4 years 5 months ago

I honestly hope the Twins add him as a fourth outfielder. Why? The dude loves hockey. And if someone throws at Morneau this year, I want this guy in our dugout.

Thabraves9
4 years 5 months ago

Braves will take him NOW

bigpat
4 years 5 months ago

They had one good year, don’t get ahead of yourself. I can’t stand how cocky they got once they finally became a good team. I don’t have a problem with Weeks, nor do I have a problem with some of the celebrating, but some of it is too much. Fielder cussing out Matt Capps when he scored was classless, as was Jason Kendall trying to fight Jeff Karstens, and disrespecting our pitching coach even though he was pretty bad. I’d hope that once the Pirates finally reach that point, they will conduct themselves much better.

4 years 5 months ago

I didn’t know the Pirates had any fans…

4 years 5 months ago

Randall Simon and the Klement’s sausage…enough said about douchebags

goner
4 years 5 months ago

:wave:

bigpat
4 years 5 months ago

I didn’t think the Brewers had fans either until CC came along midseason…