To believe Nyjer Morgan, he has signed a minor-league contract with the Indians that includes an invitation to big-league camp. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick wrote that Morgan confirmed the signing in an email Tuesday. Crasnick wrote that a source said that if Morgan makes the major-league roster and reaches specified incentives, the total value of the contract would exceed $1 million. As of late Wednesday afternoon, however, Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti declined to confirm Morgan's signing. Antonetti has more pressing matters, including five arbitration-eligible players who need to be signed. Or, perhaps, the Indians have a different view of the value of incentives in Morgan's contract. Whatever the reason, a delay in confirmation makes sense given what typically surrounds Morgan and his alter ego, "Tony Plush." Morgan has been involved in multiple on-field incidents in a major-league career that began with the Pirates (2007-09) and continued with the Nationals (2009-10) and Brewers (2011-12). Morgan played in Japan last year. The speedy Morgan takes pride in getting under an opponent's skin with a hard-charging style and trash talk, much of it generated by Tony Plush. A Wednesday tweet presumably from Morgan's account, @TheRealToneP, read: "Looking forward for (sic) this great opportunity to bring Plushdamental's to the Tribe Nation. TP'' In 119 games for the Brewers in 2011, Morgan batted .304. He parlayed it into a one-year contract worth more than $2 million, but fizzled for the Brewers in 2012 (.239 in 122 games). The Brewers let him walk, and he ended up with Yokohama in the Japan Central League.
Indians still won't confirm signing OF Nyjer Morgan to minor-league contract
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 16