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
Chunichi Dragons’ official Kazuo Nishiyama accepted the Speed Up Award on behalf of Raul Valdes during the NPB Awards ceremony on November 28. After accepting the award, he said that Valdes will be back next year. The two sides most likely agreed to a one-year contract.
Source: Sponichi 12/3/20160 Comments
Raul Valdes developed left shoulder pain during spring camp. He believes it was because he did not play baseball last winter for the first time in his career. He no longer feels any pain and is at 100 percent.
Valdes tossed five shutout innings against Orix during his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 22. He is slated to throw about 100 pitches during his next rehab game against Softbank on April 28. He could be ready to join the active roster in early-May.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/25/20160 Comments