The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 5 that they are not going to offer thirty-year-old Jordan Noberto a contract for the 2018 season. The Dragons were initially planning to hold on to Noberto, but may have decided to part ways with him because they are close to signing two new foreign pitchers.
The Yakult Swallows may be interested in Noberto. They are still looking for a left-handed pitcher that can pitch out of the bullpen.2 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced today that thirty-nine-year-old Raul Valdes returned to the Dominican Republic on September 25. They Dragons are not planning to sign him to a new contract. This will most likely be his last year with the team.
Valdes will not be retiring. He is planning to play winter ball this year.
[UPDATE 9/27 @ 5:40pm]
The Dragons are also expected to part ways with Elvis Araujo and Jorge Rondon.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2017
[UPDATE 10/8 @ 3:32am]
Rondon and Araujo have left Japan.
Source: Sports 10/7/2017
[UPDATE 10/12 @ 1:21am]
Jordan returned home on October 11. The Dragons are planning to offer him a contract for the 2018 season.
Source: Sponichi 10/11/20170 Comments
Jordan Norberto was taken off the active roster today with left shoulder pain. Norberto gave up four runs over three innings and committed two balks against the Hanshin Tigers on July 11. He complained of pain in his shoulder the following day.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/13/20170 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Jordan Norberto’s wife gave birth to the couple’s fourth child, a boy, on February 5.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/20170 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons officially announced today that they reached agreements with twenty-five-year-old Elvis Araujo and twenty-eight-year-old Jorge Rondon. Araujo was assigned the uniform number 49 and Rondon the uniform number 91.
According to media reports, Araujo agreed to a contract worth an estimated eighty million yen plus incentives and Rondon a contract worth an estimated fifty million yen plus incentives. Both players will also receive a signing bonus worth an estimated twenty million yen.
The Dragons also officially announced that they signed Jordan Norberto to a new contract worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives (no change over last year).
In other news, the media learned on January 5 that the Dragons are going to sign twenty-three-year-old Leonardo Urgelles to an Ikusei contract. Chunichi is planning to sign one more Cuban player (a pitcher) to an Ikusei contract.
[UPDATE 1/25 @ 4:45pm]
The Dragons held a press conference for Araujo and Rondon today.
Source: Chunichi announcement0 Comments
The media learned today that the Chunichi Dragons are going to sign twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Jorge Rondon and twenty-five-year-old Elvis Araujo. The media also learned that the Dragons re-signed Jordan Norberto. Official announcements are expected to be made after the New Year break.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows are interested in thirty-four-year-old pitcher Ross Ohlendorf. They see him as an arm that might be able to help bolster their starting rotation.
The Chunichi Dragons were also reportedly interested in Ohlendorf, but have apparently turned their attention to twenty-five-year-old pitcher Elvis Araujo. An announcement of agreement could be made within the next few days.
The Dragons are also planning to sign Jordan Norberto to a new contract.
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The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Jordan Norberto returned to the United States because someone in his family was sick. He was taken off the active roster on September 9, but had been traveling with the Ichi-gun team until September 13. There is no timetable for his return.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/20160 Comments