Ex-Nat Nyjer Morgan signs minor league deal with Indians

Ex-Nat Nyjer Morgan signs minor league deal with Indians
January 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Last month we wrote how former Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan was attempting a comeback to the majors after a year in Japan. Well, as of Tuesday that dream looks to be a reality.

Morgan has agreed to a one-year minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has reported. Morgan will be a non-roster invite at spring training.

Morgan joins Cleveland after one year overseas with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars, hitting 11 homers in 108 games. For a comparison, he has 11 total home runs in 583 career MLB appearances.

The 33-year-old last played in the majors in 2012 with the Brewers where he hit .239 through 122 games. He has a .280 career batting average with 117 stolen bases.

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The best season of his six-year MLB career was 2009 which included 49 games with the Nationals. He was traded to the Nats from the Pirates and closed the year out with a .351 average in Washington. He also had 42 stolen bases on the season.

The Indians already have Michael Bourn in center field, but Morgan could be a solid backup. Bourn hit just .263 last season in the first year of his free agent deal.