Tony Plush heads to Japan

by Bill Chuck on January 25, 2013

Free-agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan, also known by his alter ego Tony Plush, has signed a one-year-deal worth $1.6 million with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan’s Central League.

Morgan has a .280 batting average, 130 RBI and 117 stolen bases over six seasons in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates,Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers. He hit .304 while helping Milwaukee win the National League Central in 2011, but slumped to .239 last season.

The BayStars are expected to use Morgan as the No. 3 hitter in a batting order that also includes former major leaguers Alex Ramirez and Tony Blanco.

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