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Brewers agree to $2.35 million deal with Nyjer Morgan to avoid arbitration

Jan 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Nyjer Morgan and the Brewers have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $2.35 million, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.

Morgan began last season in a backup role for the Brewers after coming over in spring training trade from the Nationals, but Carlos Gomez‘s injury opened up the door for him to become the starting center fielder and Morgan hit .304 with a .778 OPS in 119 games.

He was arbitration eligible for the first time after earning $450,000 in 2011, so Morgan gets a five-fold raise and will be under team control for two more seasons. Milwaukee previously avoided arbitration with Gomez by signing him for $1.95 million, but Morgan is expected to be the Opening Day starter.

  1. rundmc81 - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Another reason I can continue hating the brewers – Cubs Fan

  2. bmoreballers - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Dude is a joke

  3. marshmallowsnake - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Well, if you cannot keep the non-affordable bad attitude, might as well keep the affordable one.

  4. fearlessleader - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    If the Brewers were smart, his new contract would include an agreement to stay off Twitter.

    • richeich - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Amen to that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. ltkahuna - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Guy’s a joke,,,Brewers should dump him

  6. jwbiii - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    The current Milwaukee front office people have acquitted themselves fairly well. I’ll trust their sense of humor.

  7. chaseutley - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Morgan to the Marlins would have been epic. I couldn’t be more disappointed.

  8. dcfan4life - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    This guy is not worth half that. He has a big mouth that causes issues whether its on twitter or constantly cussing on national TV during a post game interview. He is a punk who we in Washington were glad to dump. Usually hits .260, with maybe 45 RBIs, 0 HRs, and a mediocre OPS for a leadoff hitter. And for someone as fast as he is, his stealing percentage is low. Now he is a millionaire. But dont worry fellas, there is nothing wrong with the contracts in baseball…

  9. genericcommenter - Jan 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    At least they aren’t paying $6 million for Melky Cabrera.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    When reached for comment as to if he were excited about the new contract Morgan replied “Fuck Yeah”!

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