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MLB Notes: Nyjer Morgan weighing MLB, Japanese offers


By on 1/04/2014 04:30:00 PM

After a season in Japan, the often enigmatic yet oddly mesmerizing Nyjer Morgan has switched representation and is currently entertaining offers from Major League and Japanese ball clubs for 2014.

The 33-year old Morgan spent last season employed by the Yokohoma Bay Stars of Japan's Central League. Invigorated by a new culture and embracing his newfound celebratory status, the outfielder hit .294/.361/.434 in 424 plate appearances, while clubbing 11 home runs.

Now under the representation of Team One and Millenium Sports, the Bay Area native has held conversations with 6-8 teams according to agent Jonathan Mauer.

"Japan was a great experience for Nyjer and he would still enjoy playing there, but he's had a great deal of success in the States and would love to come back here as well,'' Maurer said. "We've had interest from teams who see him as a guy who could come in and spell a starter or possibly earn more playing time.''
There was some belief in industry that Morgan had worn out his welcome stateside after an unproductive 2012 season watched him post a .239/.302/.308 batting line 322 plate appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers. Despite his heroics a year prior, the volatile Morgan had ruffled feathers throughout the league for his on-field antics and numerous run-ins with teammates, opposing players, and coaches during a six-year major league career.

Adopting the playful alternative persona known as "Tony Plush", Morgan plays a high-energy and combative form of baseball derived from his earlier stint as a Junior ice hockey player in Canada. Whispers of "Tony Plush" sightings in Japan last season, have been unconfirmed.

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