The Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League have acquired Los Angeles Dodgers reliever JT Chargois a day after he was released by the National League club, according to a report by Sports Nippon on Monday, citing sources.
The Eagles, who won their only PL and Japan Series pennant in 2013, are expected to move lefty closer Yuki Matsui into the starting rotation next year. Chargois, who turned 29 in December and made his big league debut for the Twins in 2016, has struck out 85 batters in 76-2/3 innings.
The Eagles, who hired former Dodger Kazuhisa Ishii as their general manager a year ago, finished third last year in the league, reaching the postseason for the first time since 2017. The club got a big boost from new import Jabari Blash, who posted a .936 OPS in a career-high 527 plate appearances for the Sendai-based Eagles.
Sports Hochi reported Wednesday, citing official sources, that the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League are in basic agreement on a contract with 32-year-old outfielder Jerry Sands, who led the Korean Baseball Organization with 113 RBIs this year for the Kiwoom Heroes.
Sands failed to stick with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a 23-year-old corner outfielder / first baseman after playing 61 games in 2011. He put together a solid if unspectacular Triple-A career before ending up in South Korea in 2018. This year, the 1.93-meter Sands hit 28 home runs, while batting .305, drawing 77 walks and scoring 100 runs with very small home-road splits.
In his Triple-A career, Sands posted a .362 on-base percentage in 1,576 career at-bats with the bulk of that coming as a youngster in Albuquerque in 2011 and 2012.
In addition to the Dodgers, Sands played in the majors for the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. He also played one winter in Puerto Rico.
According to the Hochi report, his deal is expected to be completed this month.
According to Bill James‘ Win Shares formulas, the Tigers’ offense was 10th among 12 NPB teams in 2019, while their pitching was 3rd. The club has since signed former major leaguer Justin Bour.