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Matt Murton | Outfielder

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/3/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1 / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Murton (appendectomy) singled and doubled in a simulated game against Jon Lester on Tuesday.
Murton signed a minor league deal with the Cubs over the winter after spending several years in Japan, but he required an emergency appendectomy in late Feburary and has yet to make his Cactus League debut. He's still ramping things up with running and fielding, so he's running out of time to showcase himself to the Cubs and other teams. "It is frustrating," said Murton. "But it’s something that’s outside of my control, so I can’t really get caught up in what window is left or not left. I’ve just got to try to live in the moment, occupy today and do the best that I can in that moment. And let the rest of it figure itself out." Wed, Mar 16, 2016 10:16:00 AM

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Matt Murton (appendectomy) has resumed hitting off a batting tee.

That's good news for the veteran outfielder, who needed an emergency appendectomy at the end of February. Murton will increase the intensity of his workouts throughout this week and should be cleared for Cactus League games soon enough. He signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in early February.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 11:32:00 AM

Matt Murton is currently sidelined following an appendectomy.

It's unclear when exactly the procedure took place, but obviously this isn't ideal as Murton tries to make the club as a non-roster invitee. He'll be on the shelf for a while.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 07:13:00 PM

Cubs signed OF Matt Murton to a minor league contract.

Murton hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2009, when he hit .250/.304/.404 in 56 plate appearances with the Rockies. The veteran outfielder spent the last six seasons in Japan, playing for the Central League's Hanshin Tigers. He will be nothing more than organizational depth for the Cubs.
Thu, Feb 4, 2016 09:40:00 AM

According to, Matt Murton has re-signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League for one year and $3.5 million.

Many have speculated that Murton could potentially return to MLB, but he's still getting better offers in Japan. The 32-year-old has enjoyed great success over the past four seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, including a .314/.361/.484 batting line to go along with with 19 homers and 85 RBI in 143 games this past year.
Source: NPB Tracker
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Matt Murton is expected to accept an offer to extend his contract with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Central League.

The 32-year-old outfielder is coming off another strong showing, slashing .314/.361/.484 with 19 homers and 85 RBI in 143 games. While he could have likely secured a minor league deal and spring training invitation stateside, Murton will re-up for a fifth season with the Tigers
Source: Japan Times
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 10:50:00 AM

According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, Matt Murton will remain with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.

Many wondered if Murton would attempt to return to the majors after two successful seasons in Japan, but it sounds like we'll have to wait another year. The 30-year-old outfielder previously played for the Cubs, Rockies and Athletics.
Mon, Nov 28, 2011 05:22:00 PM

The Hanshin Tigers are confident that they can get outfielder Matt Murton to re-sign.

Murton, formerly of the Cubs, Rockies and Athletics, has played in Japan for the past two seasons and broke Ichiro's single-season hit record in 2010. Hanshin would love to keep him around, but most assume he'll attempt a comeback in the majors at some point.
Wed, Nov 2, 2011 09:20:00 AM

Matt Murton broke Ichiro Suzuki's record Tuesday for most hits in a single season of Japanese Professional Baseball.

The 29-year-old Murton has 211 hits this season for the Hanshin Tigers. Suzuki, now playing for the Mariners, had 210 back in 1994 for the Orix BlueWave. Murton is expected to re-sign with his Japanese club this winter rather than test the free agent waters in Major League Baseball.
Tue, Oct 5, 2010 10:09:00 AM

Former major league outfielder Matt Murton became the fourth player in Japanese baseball history to pass the 200-hit plateau Thursday.

Murton, who made stops with the Cubs, Athletics and Rockies over five seasons in the major leagues, signed with the Hanshin Tigers over the winter. The 28-year-old outfielder could still be a productive player in the major leagues, but the Tigers reportedly plan to retain him for next season.
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 10:03:00 PM

The Hanshin Tigers plan to retain outfielder Matt Murton.

Murton signed a one-year contract overseas in December after few teams showed interest in him state-side. He's batted .351 so far with Hanshin and could probably find a backup gig back in Major League Baseball for next season, but the Japanese club holds a club option on him for 2011.
Tue, Jul 13, 2010 02:05:00 PM

The Rockies have sent the rights to OF Matt Murton to the Hanshin Tigers.

Murton's departure will allow Ryan Spilbroghs to find playing time in the Rockies' outfield next season. Murton, 28, hit .250/.304/.404 this past season with one homer and six RBI in 52 at-bats. He should do well in Japan.
Mon, Dec 7, 2009 05:05:00 PM

Rockies released outfielder Matt Murton.

This appears to be a pure act of goodwill by the Rockies. If the club had traded Ryan Spilborghs, Murton appeared to be an obvious choice as the backup right-handed-batting outfielder. Murton's desire to make more money in Japan, however, might have swayed the organization into letting him walk.
Mon, Dec 7, 2009 03:44:00 PM

Rockies purchased the contract of outfielder Matt Murton from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Murton was designated for assignment by the Rox in late August, but the move came off as odd. He has a 267/.327/.444 batting line in 45 at-bats this season and is a fine utility outfielder.
Tue, Sep 8, 2009 07:39:00 PM

Rockies designated outfielder Matt Murton for assignment.

It was a short stint with the Rockies for Murton. He was promoted on Tuesday but jettisoned the next day to make room for Juan Rincon. Murton, a former top prospect who is now 27, hit .267/.327/.444 in 45 at-bats for the Rockies earlier this season. He was raking at Triple-A Colorado Springs, producing a .321 average with 10 homers and 71 RBI. He'll return there if he clears waivers.
Wed, Aug 26, 2009 07:16:00 PM