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Morgan Ensberg | Third Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (39) / 8/26/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
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Rays released infielder Morgan Ensberg.
Ensberg had been expecting an assignment to Triple-A and will try to find a minor league deal elsewhere, but at best he'd be a mediocre bench player at this point. Mon, Mar 30, 2009 10:55:00 AM

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Rays signed infielder Morgan Ensberg to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Ensberg was underrated for a long time, but is now 33 years old and coming off a season spent hitting .189 in 52 games at Triple-A and .203 in 28 games with the Yankees. He's a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster.
Tue, Feb 10, 2009 09:30:00 AM

The Rays have reportedly signed Morgan Ensberg to a minor league contract.

Considering that he wasn't even very good in Triple-A last year, Ensberg wasn't going to find a team that would give him a realistic chance of winning a job out of spring training. It'd take an injury to Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria or Willy Aybar to give him any opportunity to claim a spot on the Rays.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Feb 9, 2009 01:59:00 PM

Indians signed INF Morgan Ensberg to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

As we said when he was released by the Yankees a week ago, the 33-year-old has hit just .225/.308/.371 in 143 games dating back to last season. He'll provide organizational depth for a team that could look to start selling pieces soon.
Tue, Jun 17, 2008 12:54:00 PM

Yankees released infielder Morgan Ensberg.

Ensberg was designated for assignment last week and the Yankees are eating his $1.75 million salary. Once among the most underrated players in baseball, Ensberg turns 33 years old in August and has hit just .225/.308/.371 in 143 games dating back to last season.
Tue, Jun 10, 2008 10:43:00 AM

Yankees designated infielder Morgan Ensberg for assignment.

The Yankees called up a reliever to replace Ensberg for now, but that they're making the move suggests they plan to go with three catchers after Jorge Posada returns this week. The Bombers had so few bench at-bats available that there was no way they could try to get Ensberg, Wilson Betemit and Shelley Duncan all out of their early-season slumps. They'll stick with the two younger players, and Ensberg will likely find himself a different organization after clearing waivers. He was hitting .203/.263/.243 in 74 at-bats.
Sun, Jun 1, 2008 01:25:00 PM

Yankees purchased the contract of infielder Morgan Ensberg from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees will keep Ensberg for $1.75 million even though Shelley Duncan has had a great spring and figures to get most of the start at first base against left-handers. That would leave Ensberg with very little to do as long as everyone is healthy. It'll take an injury to make him worth using in AL-only leagues.
Fri, Mar 21, 2008 11:45:00 PM

Morgan Ensberg went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI as a Yankees split-squad beat the Tigers 11-7 on Sunday.

Ensberg is batting .360 with five doubles in 25 at-bats. There's no guarantee that the Yankees will carry him -- they may want to go with a true utilityman if they don't think Wilson Betemit will be an asset at short and second -- but he's done enough to justify a spot on some team's Opening Day roster.
Sat, Mar 15, 2008 05:49:00 PM

Yankees signed infielder Morgan Ensberg to a minor league contract.

Ensberg is one of the top-30 third basemen in baseball, but no one wanted him as a regular there. He may face an uphill battle just to make the Yankees as a reserve. He has a career 937 OPS against southpaws, so he'd be useful as a part-timer at first base. Still, Shelley Duncan is also qualified to start there against lefties. There shouldn't be room for both.
Thu, Jan 31, 2008 07:38:00 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees have agreed to terms with infielder Morgan Ensberg on a one-year contract.

Ensberg has played primarily third base during his career, but with Alex Rodriguez not going anywhere he'll get a chance to compete with Jason Giambi, Shelley Duncan and Wilson Betemit for playing time at first base. Ensberg struggled last season and was non-tendered by the Padres, but has significant power and would make a nice platoon starter against left-handed pitching.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Jan 31, 2008 04:01:00 PM

Padres non-tendered third baseman Morgan Ensberg, outfielder Jason Lane, RHP Jack Cassel and LHP Ryan Ketchner.

The two pitchers, neither of whom were eligible for arbitration, could be offered minor league deals. We still like Ensberg as a possible regular third baseman, though it seems few major league teams feel the same way. Perhaps the Twins will bring him in to compete for their opening. Lane figures to end up as a fourth or fifth outfielder somewhere.
Wed, Dec 12, 2007 10:22:00 PM

The Padres will non-tender Morgan Ensberg, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

Ensberg struggled in 2007, but showed good pop in limited playing time after joining the Padres at midseason and is a career .265/.366/.476 hitter. Ensberg had a 945 OPS in 2005 and a 849 OPS in 2006, and once non-tendered he could be targeted by teams like the Twins that need short-term third base help.
Wed, Dec 12, 2007 09:56:00 AM

Giving Adrian Gonzalez a rare break, Morgan Ensberg homered Tuesday in his first career start at first base.

Ensberg did make an error on a dropped foul ball. It was his first official appearance at first base sa a major leaguer. His only other action there came in the 2005 All-Star Game.
Wed, Aug 15, 2007 01:00:00 AM

Started at third base in place of Kevin Kouzmanoff, newly acquired Morgan Ensberg homered twice Thursday.

Ensberg had a pair of two-run blasts as the Padres exploded for 11 runs in new hitting coach Wally Joyner's first game at the helm. It was Ensberg's first start with the Padres and it remains to be seen how much playing time he'll get, but this'll certainly help.
Thu, Aug 2, 2007 07:15:00 PM

Padres acquired third baseman Morgan Ensberg and cash from the Astros for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Ensberg may prove to be an asset, but we're not sure what his role will be. There's not much difference between him and Kevin Kouzmanoff right now, and both are right-handed hitters. Ensberg could pinch-hit and start at first base against particularly tough lefties.
Tue, Jul 31, 2007 04:06:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Steve Geltz
8Jose Dominguez
9C.J. Riefenhauser