Nyjer Morgan to play in Japan

Nyjer Morgan to play in Japan
January 24, 2013, 4:15 pm
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For about half a season after getting traded from the Nationals to the Brewers, Nyjer Morgan was finding success from a change of scenery. He helped spark Milwaukee to a playoff berth and capped it off with a walk-off hit in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS.

Now it appears Morgan is done playing in the majors altogether. The 32 year old outfielder is heading overseas to play with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of the Central League in Japan. The team announced he has signed a one-year deal worth $1.6 million.

The Nationals acquired Morgan in a 2009 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, one that sent closer Joel Hanrahan to Pittsburgh. He was productive in the last 49 games of the 2009 season with Washington with a .351 average and 24 stolen bases. He struggled to sustain that success in the 2010 season with the Nationals and was eventually traded to Milwaukee for a mid-level prospect.

Morgan was never far from controversy in Washington with locker room disagreements and on-field altercations. He heads to Japan after his worst season in the majors where he hit .239/.302/.308 in 122 games.