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Dodgers News: JT Chargois Released, Pursuing Opportunity with NPB Team

The Ragin’ Cajun will be playing in Japan.



The Dodgers announced today that they have released right-handed pitcher JT Chargois. SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo shared the news.

JT Chargois spent the last two seasons with Los Angeles mostly earning frequent flier miles as he was shuttled back and forth between LA and Triple-A Oklahoma City. The righty posted a 4-5 record with a 4.53 ERA in 53.2 innings pitched overall with the Dodgers big league club.

The wording of Alanna’s tweet will no doubt be parsed and speculated over by rumorville on social media. Being released so that a player “can sign in Japan” is not a sentence you often read. However, with recent success stories of pitchers like former Dodger Josh Lindblom and Cardinals righty Mike Mikolas reviving their careers in Asian leagues, perhaps Shaggy has an eye more toward the future.

Roster Spot

The move does open a roster spot for the Dodgers (another thing that the internet will speculate on). Ultimately this move likely came down to the Dodgers just no longer seeing Chargois in the 2020 picture.

While he often showcased some impressive movement on his pitches and was no doubt a ‘spin rate guy,’ his struggle with consistent location was likely setting him up to be a “Four-A” guy for the next few years. We wish him the best overseas, where hopefully he can stay in a consistent place.

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Written by AJ Gonzalez

AJ is a lifelong Dodgers fan who grew up in California. His whole family are also lifelong Dodgers fans. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, daughter, beagle, and strat.

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  1. I liked Chargois, very composed & smart.
    Probably could have found a bullpen MLB home somewhere else, but hey, life moves on.
    Good luck.

  2. I liked Chargois as well.

    He pitched 53.2 innings over two years. I would be willing to take 1/10 of the salary and pitch 5-6 innings over two years…I would not have as good an ERA but hey, I could mop up and save the other relievers and do no (additional) harm…would even be willing to wear the banana suit when not pitching so that Kiki could concentrate on his game….

    Just saying….

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