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Ex-Cub Murton to continue career in Japan

Dec 7, 2009, 4:06 PM EDT

The Rockies on Monday released Matt Murton so that he could pursue opportunities in Japan.
Murton’s career started out in very promising fashion, as he hit .321/.386/.521 in 140 at-bats as a rookie in 2005 and .297/.365/.444 while playing regularly for the Cubs in 2006. The Cubs, though, wanted more power that he was giving them, and they brought in Cliff Floyd to share time with him in 2007. Murton ended up back in the minors for a time, and he never got a chance to reestablish himself with the Cubs or A’s in 2008 or the Rockies last season.
Murton is just 28, and he likely had some additional 800 OPS seasons in his bat. However, he wasn’t a 25-homer guy and he didn’t offer a lot defensively, so he wasn’t likely to find an MLB team willing to pencil him in as a starter in left field. The opportunity to play regularly and earn more money in Japan was one he had to take.

  1. wickethewok - Dec 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Best of luck to Matt Murton. I always hoped that an MLB team would give him a chance to play. He’s certainly better than players like Austin Kearns and Jose Guillen

  2. skyjo - Dec 8, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Question: So if Colorado released him to “pursue opportunities in Japan”, does that mean he is prevented from signing with another MLB team right now? If he decided he wanted to sign with the Yankees (or any other team), could he?

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