33-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Matt Murton in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Matt Murton Contract Information:
Murton signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract to remain with the Hanshin Tigers in November of 2013.
Murton had another fine year in Japan, leading the Central League with a .338 batting average, and posting a strong .872 OPS.
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Matt Murton: MLB Games Played By Position
Matt Murton Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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Matt Murton: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Matt Murton.
Murton failed to capitalize on a fresh start after being acquired from the Cubs and was sent down for good in late July after a 30 at-bat flop. It's hard to see a scenario where he'll get more than 200 at-bats in the A's outfield in 2009 with their offseason focus to acquire more offense. There are skills here, but they've been hidden for a few years now.
After a strong second half of 2006, Murton was shuttled in and out of the lineup last season and even sent down to Triple-A Iowa during the summer. Murton hits for average, has good on-base skills and supplies a little power, but the Cubs want a left-handed-hitting corner outfielder, and at this point, a full-time gig doesn't seem to be in the cards -- at least in Chicago. If Murton were traded to a team that would play him full time, he's a good bet to score close to 100 runs.
Murton fought off a June slump and subsequent benching by then-manager Dusty Baker to finish his first full season strong: he went .319/.390/.522 in 207 at-bats after the All-Star break. He has decent contact skills, will draw a walk and hits for modest power. He'll also steal a handful of bags. Now that he's heading into his third year and has 595 career at-bats under his belt, Murton's a candidate to take a major step up, assuming, of course, the Cubs don't sit him too often against right-handed pitchers. Consider him a sleeper.
Murton made a strong case for the Cubs Opening Day left field job last summer, showing good plate discipline and hitting for average and power in 140 big league at-bats. The Cubs don't even have a right fielder at press time, so despite having veteran-loving Dusty Baker as his manager, Murton has a good chance to land a regular spot in the lineup. Murton can also run a little, as evidenced by his 18 steals in 78 games at Double-A last year.
The 30th overall pick in the 2003 draft, Murton held his own at high Single-A last season, going .301/.372/.452. He's shown decent plate discipline and a fair amount of pop so far, but the true test will be at Double-A where he'll almost certainly begin the year.