The rich get richer, and the Dragons get poorer

The Chunichi Dragons, whose pitching staff was arguably the worst of NPB’s 12 teams this year, have parted company with left-handed starting pitcher Onelki Garcia, according to the Sankei Sports. According to Bill James Win Shares, see here WS 2018 Top 20 Pitchers, Garcia, who went 13-9 with a 2.99 ERA in his Japan debut season, was the highest ranking pitcher on the Dragons staff.

The former Dodgers, White Sox and Royals farmhand reportedly asked for a bump in pay from 50 million yen ($440,000) to a contract of three-plus years at 200 million yen ($1.76 million) per year. The club is expected to release him.



Here (Team Win Shares 2018)are the 2018 Win Share rankings by team. The Dragons’ pitching staff was credited with an NPB-worst 51.2 win shares.

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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