Indians To Sign Nyjer Morgan

7:08pm: Morgan can earn over $1MM if he makes the roster and reaches the incentives in his contract, Crasnick reports on Twitter.

6:34pm: Nyjer Morgan has signed a minor league deal with the Indians, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (via Twitter). The deal includes a Spring Training invitation, Crasnick notes. Morgan recently became a client of Team One and Millenium Sports.

Morgan played in Japan last year after seeing action in parts of six seasons, putting up a .294/.361/.434 line in 424 plate appearances for the Yokohama Bay Stars. In 2012 with the Brewers, Morgan mustered only a .239/.302/.308 triple-slash in 322 plate appearances. While his last look at the bigs was subpar, however, Morgan did put up OPS marks of over .750 in both 2009 and 2011.

At 33, Morgan's legs may not be quite what they once were. He notched 42 and 34 stolen bases over the 2009 and 2010 seasons, respectively, but barely mustered double-digits in his last two seasons of big league action and had just three for the Bay Stars last year. It remains to be seen, also, whether he can continue to add value as a plus defensive center fielder.

It could be a tall order for Morgan to break camp with the Indians. Michael Bourn is entrenched in center, and the club already has left-handed bats in Michael Brantley and David Murphy at the corners.


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37 Comments on "Indians To Sign Nyjer Morgan"


johnsilver
1 year 7 months ago

Francona and his positive vibrations to soothe the troubled waters and personality?

animal_strength
1 year 7 months ago

ok

Tre-Day
Tre-Day
1 year 7 months ago

Hopefully he can tickle some more balls down the line

tackett44
1 year 7 months ago

Cleveland had a good thing going.

Seamaholic
1 year 7 months ago

What thing is that?

Ron Loreski
1 year 7 months ago

You know, that thing. It’s good.

tackett44
1 year 7 months ago

Chemistry.

Andy Todd
1 year 7 months ago

Francoeur: get wrecked. lol.

bob smit
1 year 7 months ago

This is to balance out all those ‘feel good’ players who are such nice guys. We needed an asshole to balance the clubhouse chi.

Kingmojo101
1 year 7 months ago

Tony plush is back!

Unassisted Triple Play
1 year 7 months ago

Whatever the odds are on him not making the team, that’s the bet I would make.

Danny Phillips
1 year 7 months ago

Willie Mays Hayes >

JaysFan1996
1 year 7 months ago

This guy has the same stat line as Michael Bourn

Nyjer:
.280
.341
.364

Bourn
.271
.335
.364

Natsfan89
1 year 7 months ago

One is an inept tool prone to temper tantrums, the other is not.

Jake13
1 year 7 months ago

Bourn can play defense though

JaysFan1996
1 year 7 months ago

Okay for center field Fangraphs pegged Nyjer morgan with a UZR/150 of 12.9 in 3000 innings, and Bourn with a UZR/150 of 9.4 if 7400 innings in center field. So Nyjer is slightly better

Austin
1 year 7 months ago

He is better than bourn I think he will platoon with bourn

burtonbball88
1 year 7 months ago

And most fans breath a sigh of relief. My condolences Cleveland fans.

formerdraftpick
1 year 7 months ago

He’ll be just like Willie “Mays” Hayes Part II for the Indians. Awesome! Seriously though, I enjoyed him with the Pirates and I’m glad he’s back in the states. What teams were also interested in him?

Austin
1 year 7 months ago

Their were like 6-7 teams

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 7 months ago

Here’s to hoping it doesn’t work out. The team and its fans doesn’t have time for that.

I Want My Bird
1 year 7 months ago

Guess he was too similar to Japanese players in his physicality to play there another year. They like the McGehee/Jones/Wily Mo types.

phillies1102
1 year 7 months ago

On a team with already 3 lefties OF on the team who are all better than him, why would he pick Cleveland to continue playing? There is little chance of making the roster anyway…

connfyoozed .
1 year 7 months ago

From Tony Plush… to Michael Bourn Lite? I don’t get why Morgan would go to Cleveland to try and back up someone who has the same tool set.

Douglas Bath
1 year 7 months ago

you make it sound like he had plenty of options.

connfyoozed .
1 year 7 months ago

From reports this site was giving earlier, he was talking to 4-6 teams… but you are right, for all I know, the Tribe were the only team willing to sign him.

Douglas Bath
1 year 7 months ago

I could say I’ve talked to every single fortune 500 company about a CEO position but it shouldn’t really count if they hang up on me.

Zoe
1 year 7 months ago

I watch almost every tribe game and I can tell you Mike Bourn is the MOST OVERATTED player in the MLB, Nyjer should be a great bench pick up for speed and hits

johnsilver
1 year 7 months ago

Bet Atlanta wishes they had him back.. Look who they replaced him with AND paid more money to :-)

rundmc1981
1 year 7 months ago

No, you can keep him. I’ll bet on the younger one. It’s only up here.

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 7 months ago

If he was able to give teams “hits” off the bench, he wouldn’t have had to go overseas last year to try to earn a Minor League deal this year.

pjbnyc
1 year 7 months ago

Based on 2013, it is kind of hard to get excited by Bourn. But I actually trust he’s far better than Indians fans saw last season.

Austin
1 year 7 months ago

Why do the indians keep signing outdielders were are already carrying 6 with additions of morgon and francour. But I still like the signing.

Zoe
1 year 7 months ago

We should give bourn the strike out artist the drew stubbs treatment and ley Nyjer play left with Brantly in center, and murphy/ raburn in right

Zoe
1 year 7 months ago

Hopefully he makes the roster, here are the hitters
Santana
Yan
Swisher
Kipnis
Cabby
Chis
Aviles
Raburn
Murph
Brantly
Bourn
Morgan
Giambi

Sufferfortribe
1 year 7 months ago

Just knew we were gonna be the team that signed him.(sigh)
Milton Bradley, part two??