Nyjer Morgan signs $700,000 deal with South Korean team

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) A South Korean team says it has signed former major league outfielder Nyjer Morgan to a $700,000, one-year deal.

The Hanwha Eagles said the team was impressed with Morgan's contact ability and base-running skills.

The 34-year-old debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007 and hit .282 with 120 steals while playing in 598 games for four major league clubs.

He hit .341 (14 for 41) in 15 games for the Cleveland Indians this year. He sprained his right knee running down a fly ball at Toronto on May 14, then was activated Aug. 5 and released.

The Eagles, based in Daejeon, finished last among the nine teams in the Korea Baseball Organization this year.

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