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Detroit Tigers Sign Matt Murton and Danny Muno to Minors Deals

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Mar 29, 2015; Clearwater, FL, USA; A general view of a Detroit Tigers hats, gloves and sunglasses in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2015; Clearwater, FL, USA; A general view of a Detroit Tigers hats, gloves and sunglasses in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers fans saw the team add a number of players on minors deals this offseason. Now, per the latest tweet from Detroit’s public relations Twitter account, two more names can be added to the list.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila brought in significant minor league depth over the offseason.

Many of Avila’s signings are currently in Spring Training battling for a roster spot. These include the likes of Omar Infante, A.J. Achter, Alex Presley and Edward Mujica.

Now, it seems as though Detroit has brought in even more minors depth.

The team’s public relations Twitter account tweeted the following on Monday morning:

"“The Tigers announced today that the club has signed INF Danny Muno and OF Matt Murton to minor league contracts.”"

Of the duo, Munno appeared more recently in the Major Leagues, seeing action in 17 games for the New York Mets during the 2015 campaign.

The infielder collected four hits, four walks, two runs scored and a stolen base in 32 plate appearances.

That was good for a .148  batting average, a .258 on-base percentage, a .185 slugging percentage and a .443 OPS.

Munno split last season with between three minor league affiliates—the Marlins’ Double-A squad and the Triple-A teams of the White Sox and Mets.

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In 88 games, the 28-yea-rold hit .223 with a .348 on-base percentage and a .655 OPS.

The former eighth-round draft pick also chipped in with 24 RBI, 23 runs scored, 11 doubles, two triples, a home run and a stolen base.

Overall, his best season as a professional came in 2014 with New York’s Triple-A team in Las Vegas.

In 117 games for the 51’s, Munno hit just .259, but logged a .372 on-base percentage.

He also contributed across the board, with 74 runs scored, 62 RBI, 14 home runs, 13 doubles, nine stolen bases and a triple.

Munno has seen significant time at second base, shortstop and third base and should give Detroit some added infield depth.

Matt Murton

While Munno has appeared more recently in the Majors, Matt Murton has significantly more experience at the game’s highest level.

A corner outfielder by trade, Murton is a .286 hitter in 346 games with the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and Colorado Rockies.

He was previously traded with Nomar Garciaparra from Boston to the Cubs.

The 35-year-old was later traded by Chicago with Josh Donaldson to Oakland in a larger deal for Rich Harden.

Murton last appeared in the Majors with the Rockies in 2009 before spending six seasons with the Hanshin Tigers in the Japan Central League.

The veteran returned to the Cubs organization last season and hit .314 with a .349 on-base percentage and a .747 OPS in 76 games for Chicago’s Triple-A club.

He also added 37 RBI, 29 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs, a triple and a stolen base.

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Murton should provide the Detroit Tigers with another outfield option heading into the 2017 season.

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