The Dodgers announced today that they have released right-handed pitcher JT Chargois. SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo shared the news.
The #Dodgers released RHP JT Chargois so that he was able to sign with a team and play in Japan.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) December 28, 2019
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.
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.