Matt Murton posted the following update at his official website today:
The Hanshin organization officially informed me the other day that they were not going to offer me a contract for the 2016 season.
I am grateful to the cheering fans and the people that supported my family in Kobe over the last six years.
I probably never would have been able to accomplish all that I did during those six years without everyone's support.
I am sad to have to leave, but at the same time, I am looking forward to facing the challenges ahead of me.
I pray for everyone's happiness.
Please do not forget that Jesus loves everyone.
The Murton Family