Matt Murton was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2003 draft by the Red Sox out of the Georgia Institute of Technology but he was only in Boston's organization for about a year. He was traded to the Cubs along with Nomar Garciaparra in the four team trade that brought Doug Mientkiewicz and Orlando Cabrera back to the Sox. He made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2005 and bounced between AAA and the majors for much of the next three seasons before he was traded (along with Josh Donaldson and a couple other guys) to Oakland in the middle of the 2008 season for Chad Gaudin and Rich Harden. He was traded again to Colorado prior to the 2009 season which he again split between AAA and the majors. He was released by the Rockies after the season and ended up signing with the Hanshin Tigers.
He spent six seasons with the Tigers. He broke Ichiro Suzuki's single season hits record in his first season in Japan and led the Central League in hits again in 2011 and 2013. He also had a 30 game hitting streak in 2011, the most ever by a foreign player in NPB and the fourth highest ever at the time. He won the 2013 CL Batting Crown, was named to the Best 9 team four times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) and the All Star team the same four years. He played in one Nippon Series in 2014 when the Tigers lost to the Hawks.
He returned to the US and the Cubs, signing a minor league deal with the team for the 2016 season. He spent the entire season in AAA and then was released. He signed a minor league deal with the Tigers - Detroit this time - for the 2017 season but was injured after only 7 games in AAA. He announced his retirement about a month ago. He'll be taking a front office job with the Cubs.
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Lewis spent two seasons in Hiroshima. He led the Central League in strikeouts both seasons and was named to the All Star team in both seasons as well (although he declined to participate in the 2008 games). He went 15-8 with a 2.68 ERA in 2008 and 11-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 2009.
He resigned with the Rangers in time for the 2010 season and remained with them for the rest of his career. He pitched in the World Series for Texas in both 2010 and 2011. He apparently announced his retirement a few months back because his Wikipedia page says his new job is special assistant to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and he was hired back in November.
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