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.


37 Responses to Indians To Sign Nyjer Morgan Leave a Reply

  1. johnsilver 2 years ago

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

  2. animal_strength 2 years ago

    ok

  3. Tre-Day
    Tre-Day 2 years ago

    Hopefully he can tickle some more balls down the line

  4. tackett44 2 years ago

    Cleveland had a good thing going.

  5. Andy Todd 2 years ago

    Francoeur: get wrecked. lol.

  6. bob smit 2 years 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.

  7. KINGMOJO 2 years ago

    Tony plush is back!

  8. Unassisted Triple Play 2 years ago

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

  9. Danny Phillips 2 years ago

    Willie Mays Hayes >

  10. JaysFan1996 2 years ago

    This guy has the same stat line as Michael Bourn

    Nyjer:
    .280
    .341
    .364

    Bourn
    .271
    .335
    .364

    • Natsfan89 2 years ago

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

    • Jake13 2 years ago

      Bourn can play defense though

      • JaysFan1996 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  11. burtonbball88 2 years ago

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

  12. formerdraftpick 2 years 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?

  13. JacobyWanKenobi 2 years ago

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

  14. I Want My Bird 2 years 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.

  15. phillies1102 2 years 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…

  16. connfyoozed . 2 years 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 2 years ago

      you make it sound like he had plenty of options.

      • connfyoozed . 2 years 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 2 years 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.

  17. Zoe 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

      • rundmc1981 2 years ago

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

    • Hills of Glenallen 2 years 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 2 years 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.

  18. Austin 2 years 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 2 years 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

  19. Zoe 2 years ago

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

  20. Sufferfortribe 2 years ago

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

  21. Sage 2 years ago

    Not sure where he fits into their plans, but if he makes the team, it could be a good fit for him. Why, you ask? Well, Nyjer seems to thrive on a winning team with a relaxed clubhouse. If Cleveland continues like last season, I’d say they very much fit that bill. But, if they start losing a lot this season, I’d expect to see a less productive and less happy Nyjer. If he even makes the team, which could be difficult, considering the other million outfielders the Indians have signed or already had.

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