Baseball: Chunichi releases AWOL Cuban right-hander Rodriguez


The Chunichi Dragons made Yariel Rodriguez a free agent Friday after the Cuban right-hander went the whole season without playing, having left the club with no prior notice.

The 26-year-old, who had been in the first year of a two-year contract, played for Cuba at the World Baseball Classic in March but did not return to Japan after the tournament.

Overseas media reported on Rodriguez’s defection from Cuba and that he would be seeking a move to MLB, this year. Chunichi, however, placed him on Nippon Professional Baseball’s restricted list, making him unable to sign in MLB.

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