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Report: Randy Messenger and Matt Murton expected to remain in Japan

Nov 9, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

Hanshin Tigers

We’ve heard some chatter about right-hander Randy Messenger and outfielder Matt Murton potentially giving the majors another try after enjoying great success in Japan, but the Japan Times reports that both players are likely to return to the Hanshin Tigers for another season.

Messenger, who previously pitched with the Marlins, Giants, and Mariners from 2005-2009, owns a 3.02 ERA over four seasons in Japan while averaging 7.5 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier this week that the 32-year-old had set a November 15th deadline to field offers from MLB teams, but he apparently hasn’t found an offer to his liking. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors previously reported that Hanshin was offering three years and $10 million guaranteed.

Murton, who played with the Cubs, Athletics, and Rockies from 2005-2009, bounced back from a disappointing 2012 to hit .314/.361/.484 with 19 home runs and 85 RBI in 143 games this year. The 32-year-old has led the Central League in hits in three out of his four years since coming over to Japan.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Update: I will also be remaining in my current job as opposed to pursuing a spot on an MLB team.

    • Old Gator - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      What a coincidence. I was planning to stay retired myself.

      You could do worse than live in the Kansai region and make three point three per year. I guarantee you that Messenger would rather stay there than come back and play for Scrooge McLoria again.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        I’d like to see him sign with the Marlins.

        And then immediately be sold back to Japan.

  2. Tim's Neighbor - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    A low point in my life included an incident of wandering Wrigleyville after a Cubs game and accusing a woman, in front of her husband, of having Matt Murton’s ginger baby. Glad he didn’t punch me.

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