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Tribe makes it official, adds veteran Nyjer Morgan to outfield mix

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 16, 2014

The Indians made it official today, announcing they've signed free agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan to a minor-league contract with a non-roster invitation to major league spring training camp.

 

Word of Morgan's signing leaked out on Twitter Tuesday, but the club wasn't able to make the move official until Thursday after he passed his physical.

 

Morgan, 33, spent last season in Japan playing with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars of the Japanese Central League, where he hit .294 with 15 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 108 games.

 

Before that, Morgan played six seasons in the majors with Pittsburgh, Washington and Milwaukee, compiling a career .280 batting average with 73 doubles, 27 triples, 11 home runs and 130 RBI in 583 games from 2007-12.

 

The speedster has 117 career stolen bases and was second in the National League with 42 steals in 2009. The San Jose, Ca., native was Pittsburgh’s 33rd round pick in the 2002 draft following a four-year junior hockey stint in Canada (1996-2000) and a two-year baseball stint at Walla Walla (WA) Community College.

 

He joins a crowded outfield mix with the Tribe, which already has left fielder Michael Brantley, centerfielder Michael Bourn and a platoon in right field of Ryan Raburn and newcomer David Murphy in place.

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