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After spending 2013 in Japan, Nyjer Morgan is considering a return to the majors

Jan 4, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

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Nyjer Morgan is coming off a successful first season in Japan, but he’s mulling over the possibility of bringing “Tony Plush” back to the states.

One of Morgan’s new agents, Jonathan Maurer, tells Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that he’s had dialogue with 6-8 teams expressing interest in the outfielder.

“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.”

Morgan, 33, hit .294/.361/.434 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI over 108 games last season with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars of Japan’s Central League. Known for his aggressive style and eccentric antics, he owns a .280/.341/.364 batting line in MLB. He last appeared with the Brewers in 2012.

  1. musketmaniac - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    love to see Pittsburgh welcome him back. but that’s probably a dream, he was slightly problematic the last time. But he would fit as a second option leading off, and as the fourth outfielder.

  2. rays1118 - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Oh god no! This guy is cancerous to any club house! The fact that he is the one considering is hilarious. He wants to come back but what team would actually take a chance at this guy!

  3. fearthehoody - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Viva Tony Picante !!!

  4. dakotah55 - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Sure, just sign him to a one year deal. In his second season his antics start becoming tiresome, and by season three he turns into a complete pain in the ass. Early on I thought the Nats had robbed the Pirates trading Joel Hanrahan for him. Turned out there’s a reason I’m not some teams GM.

  5. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I would like to see him back as well. But I just don’t think the Pirates will do it.

  6. fastwillie39 - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Milwaukee, Miami, reds, anywhere but Pittsburgh, please

  7. brewfantim - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I’d take him on the Brewers again! He’s a good clubhouse guy, other teams hate him, has fun and plays the game hard as hell! We would’ve never made it to the 2011 NLCS without him! T-PLUSH!!! I’m out!

  8. meatcarroll - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Nyjer’s in Paris.

    • Old Gator - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      No way Scrooge McLoria puts up with this guy. I mean, the pud thought Joe Girardi had an attitude.

    • bigdicktater - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Paris Hilton?

  9. okwhitefalcon - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    This may just get Chris Carpenter to reconsider his retirement.

  10. musketmaniac - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Pirates have Snyder and lambo as their 4th n 5th outfielder. most people in the burg are not comfortable with tabata in right, although I think he will have a huge year not everyone is sold. than there is a lack of a true leadoff hitter. this guy still has some juice left.

  11. aspinaci - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    I had completely forgotten about Morgan, until now. His act is a tired one, and one that I have no desire to see again.

  12. kappy32 - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    He should stay there. He was never any good. The only thing he was good at was running his mouth & flipping off fans.

  13. cadillacjosh - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I will always have a love of Nyjer. He made the Brewer’s trip to the NLCS so much more fun. And he very professionally took a backseat to Carlos Gomez as Gomez finally was figuring out how to hit. I’d welcome him back to the Brewers, but we really just don’t have a need for LH bench outfielder.

  14. ndnut - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Trying to be interviewed after winning the NLDS: “YEAH! F*** YEAH!!!! F*** YEAH!!!!!!!!! -Nyjer Morgan

    My greatest memory of him.

  15. brucewayne3561 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    MLB doesn’t need another ego driven Diva like this idiot! Japan can keep him!

  16. redsin4 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Reds could use some fire and an outfielder

  17. gostlcards5 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Nyjer Morgan = asshat

    Flush Tony Plush!

  18. graymags - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    What does 1d or 2d mean on pictures??

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