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Sanspo: Hanshin attempting to keep Murton with 2-year deal worth 600M yen

by on Sep.21, 2011 @ 8:55 am, under NPB

According Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers may put a 2-year deal, believed to be worth a total 600M yen, on the table for Matt Murton to consider.

"We obviously don't want to get into a financial battle," said an unnamed front office source.  "It all depends on how negotiations go with the agent.  We have no idea how much MLB clubs will offer him, but we think he'll stay."

When asked about the possibility of a 2-year deal worth 600M yen, "Other than the other terms of the deal, that's a possible amount."

The source then added, "A one year deal worth 300M yen isn't a problem for the team.  A 2-year deal with a buyout for the 2nd year is a possibility.  There are a number of different possibilities and the best option will be selected.  The team definitely needs Murton."

Murton is said to have signed a 1-year deal worth 200M yen before the start of the season.  A 100M yen raise doesn't sound unreasonable, considering what he brings to the table for the team.

A number of MLB teams, including the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Boston Red Sox, are said to be interested in Murton.