Ryan Spilborghs has signed a one year deal with the Seibu Lions of Japan. Spilborghs, who played for the Rockies up until last season, spent 2012 with the Rangers and Indians triple-a teams.
Perhaps Spilly can say “hi” to Matt Murton while he is there. Murton’s contract was sold to the Hanshin Tigers of Japan in 2009 and he ended up making history. In Murton’s rookie season with the Hanshin Tigers he became only the fourth player in Nippon Professional Baseball history to have a 200-hit season. On October 5, 2010, Murton broke the single season hit record, set by Ichiro Suzuki, hitting his 211th hit (in 130 games). He successfully finished his first regular season in Japan with 214 hits (in 144 games), .349 batting average, 17 home runs and 91 RBIs.
Here is an excellent article on Murton from ESPN as well as video below of him breaking Ichiro’s record.