CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent OF Nyjer Morgan to a Minor League Contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Morgan, 33, spent 2013 with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars of the Japanese Central League where he hit .294 (109-371) with 15 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 50RBI in 108 games. Prior to his stint in Japan he played six Major League seasons with Pittsburgh, Washington and Milwaukee, compiling a career mark of .280 (536-1912) with 73 2B, 27 3B, 11HR & 130 RBI in 583 games from 2007-12. He owns 117 career stolen bases and swiped a combined 76 bags in 2009-10, finishing second in the NL with 42 steals in 2009.
The San Jose, CA native was Pittsburgh's 33rd round pick in the 2002 draft after a four-year junior hockey stint in Canada (1996-2000) and a two-year baseball stint at Walla Walla (WA) Community College.