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Matt Murton is staying in Japan

Nov 26, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

Matt Murton AP

Matt Murton, who went from being a part-timer and journeyman in America to being a star in Japan, has decided to stay with the Hanshin Tigers for another season.

There had been some speculation that Murton might want to give MLB another try at age 32, but instead he’ll get $3.5 million to remain in Japan for 2014 after hitting .314 with an .845 OPS in 143 games this year. Murton is a career .312 hitter in four Japanese seasons and broke Ichiro Suzuki‘s single-season hits record in 2010.

In the American big leagues Murton hit .286 with a .788 OPS in 346 games for the Cubs, Rockies, and A’s, but never quite grabbed hold of a full-time job after 2006.

  1. yahmule - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I think the flowers did it.

  2. beefytrout - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I just hope he realizes that if he wants Yoshi’s advice about the babes, he needs to go to Yoshi.

  3. NYTolstoy - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I have started wobderig what would happen if a Guy like Trout from the Angels goes over to Japan? Would he break every record and make it unmatched to any other ever to play Japan? Just makes me wonder how crazy a superstar like Cabrera or Cano would do in Japan.

  4. mfinneran - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Not bad for a former cub. I wouldn’t come back either.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Roughly equal chances of winning the World Series.

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