Former Brewer Morgan signs deal to play in Japan

CREATED Jan. 24, 2013

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  • June 8, 2011: Morgan doubled in the game-winning run to give the Brewers a win over the New York Mets. Afterward, he conducted this funny postgame interview where "AAAAGH! I gotta go!" and the T for "T-Plush" became a tradition in Milwaukee. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • July 2, 2011: Morgan powered the Brewers to a seven-run comeback in a win at Minnesota. | AP Photo

  • August 14, 2011: Morgan produced a game-winning sacrifice fly for the Brewers. Afterward, he continued his discussion of the "Plush-damentals." | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Sept., 2011: Morgan, after scoring a run in a Brewers win over the Cubs, popularized the Brewers tradition started by Prince Fielder - "Beastmode." | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Sept. 23, 2011: After the Brewers beat the Florida Marlins, Morgan donned the military hat which he kept on throughout the wild celebration to help avoid champagne in his eyes when the Brewers later clinched the National League Central Division title. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Morgan unveiled the Beastmode gesture again during a pep rally at the Summerfest Grounds before the Brewers-Diamondbacks NLDS. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Oct. 7, 2011: Morgan produced a run-scoring double and another Beastmode gesture in the Brewers' Game 5 NLDS victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Oct. 7, 2011: Morgan delivered the game-winning hit to clinch Game 5 of the NLDS over Arizona, starting off an incredible celebration with his Brewers teammates. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Oct. 7, 2011: There was no helmet available for Morgan to help him avoid champagne celebrations as the Brewers moved on to the National League Championship Series.

  • Spring 2012: Both Morgan and ESPN's Tim Kurkjian became targets of then-Brewers reliever Tim Dillard during a nationally-televised preview of the team's season. Click here to watch Dillard's hilarious impersonation.

YOKOHAMA, Japan - Free-agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan has signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan's Central League.

The team says the 32-year-old Morgan will join the BayStars on a one-year-deal worth $1.6 million.

Morgan has a .280 batting average, 130 RBIs and 117 stolen bases over six seasons in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers.

Morgan will be most known in Milwaukee for the hit that clinched a Game 5 Brewers win over the 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 National League Division Series.

He hit .304 while helping Milwaukee win the National League Central in 2011, but slumped to .239 last season as the Brewers failed to make the playoffs.

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.