Risky Long Shots: Nyjer Morgan

Nyjer Morgan elected for Free Agency today after declining a placement to Triple A (he was removed from the 40 man last year).

If the price is right, and I’m talking minor league contract right, I think the Mets should take a risk on Nyjer Morgan.


The Mets OF ended up being a revolving door last year with players not grasping the opportunity of other players failing to play at a major league level. If we ignore the possibility of talent in Morgan, he could at least kick start the competition in spring to bring out everyone’s best.

In four of his six seasons in the majors, Morgan has hit over .294, including twice over .300. Two of his last three seasons were his worst hitting .253 and most recently .239.


The strong reason against Morgan is that he lacks power, which is what the Mets need, however he does have a lot of speed and if he can be had for cheap, he could be an interesting back up piece in the outfield. If he has an average season, he’ll probably rack up 25 steals, about 15 doubles, 4 triples and 2 homers. His best asset is his defense, which would be welcomed in Citi Field.



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