Morgan probably had his best season in 2011, hitting .304, 4, 37 with 17 steals in 119 games. Morgan had joined the Brewers after wearing out his welcome because of his attitude in Washington. The Brewers had gotten him in a trade for Cutter Dykstra (Lenny's son). Among Morgan's most notable moments involved running into catcher Brett Hayes of the Marlins for no reason then charging the mound after being hit in retaliation for the second time.
For the 2011 season, using Morgan in CF was the best option for the Brewers. Carlos Gomez had struggled since coming over from Minnesota in the trade for SS JJ Hardy. His .224, 8, 24 in 94 games with just 16 steals made it easy for manager Ron Roenicke to play Morgan the majority of the time, including against some right handed pitchers.
Gomez was a centerpiece in the trade that brought Johan Santana to the Mets. Converted reliever Deolis Guerra remains as the only hope for the Twins to salvage something out of that trade. In spite of 2008 and the no hitter, most Mets fans agree that the trade did not work out for them as well.
The Brewers decided to add to the competition in CF by signing Japanese OF Norhika Aoki. Aoki would end up playing RF after RF Corey Hart moved to 1B after the injury to top prospect Mat Gamel. So, Gomez and Morgan once again patrolled CF for the Crew. This time the results were different as Gomez started to emerge as an everyday player. Carlos had a breakout season, hitting .260, 19, 51 with 37 steals putting Morgan's true value to the team in perspective.
One of the big stories of this season has been Gomez, who currently leads the NL in batting average (.373), OPS (1.073) and OPS+ (184). Morgan, who was non tendered by the Brewers after last season, is now playing for the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Japanese Central League and is not necessarily tearing it up. He is hitting just .156 (7-45) with 0 SB and an OPS of .433. There is a good possibility that Gomez has arrived, as some players take a little time to develop at the MLB level. And we all known @TheRealTPlush is due for problematic breakdown any day. Good riddance! Not a surprise to see Gomez playing his best without Morgan in the picture.