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Indians sign Nyjer Morgan to minor league deal

Indians sign Nyjer Morgan to minor league deal
January 14, 2014
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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training.

The signing has yet to be officially announced by the team, but has been reported via several national media outlets.  According to a report from ESPN, Morgan can earn $1 million if he makes the Indians opening day roster. There are also incentives in his deal which would make him exceed that $1 million salary.

Morgan, 33, spent all of last season in Japan with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars and hit .294 with 11 homers. His last full season in the majors came in 2012 with the Brewers where he hit .239 with 3 HR, 16 RBI, 12 stolen bases and .610 OPS in 122 games. He is a career .280 hitter with 117 stolen bases and a .705 OPS over six seasons and 583 games. His best season came in 2011 when he hit .304 with a .778 OPS in 119 games for the Brewers.

Morgan joins Jeff Francoeur as recent minor league signings the Indians have added as depth for their outfield. They have also signed several other interesting players to minor league deals this offseason, namely Shaun Marcum.

The trio of Francoeur, Morgan and Marcum is one of the more interesting groups of minor league signings they have brought to spring training in some time. Included in that list is Jason Giambi who was resigned to a minor league deal shortly after the season.

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