Team officials of the Meralco Bolts have confirmed the signing of Jared Dillinger with bitter rival Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel but at the same time expressed their disappointment over the unexpected development.
Head coach Norman Black claimed that the 35-year old Fil-Am failed to inform them of his intention to sign up with the Gin Kings after he was dropped to the team’s UFAWR2S (Unrestricted Free Agent With Right to Receive Salary) list.
Black, who also handled Dillinger for three years over at TNT, disclosed that the one-time Philippine team member promised not to accept any offers from other teams despite being an unrestricted free agent. The move became necessary after the Bolts placed new recruit Raymond Almazan on the Reserve/Injured list since he is still nursing a calf injury.
Dillinger, for his part, is still unavailable due to a recurring quad injury.
“I was a little bit surprised because we allowed Jared to go to the States for treatment. Before the season started he came back and he said, ‘I can’t start running for at least two months’ so since we knew he couldn’t play, we had a gentleman’s agreement with him that we can put him in the unrestricted list and as soon as he’s ready to play, we’ll just place him back to the lineup again,” said Black.
“I was a little bit shocked when I heard today that he has signed with Ginebra. But it’s his prerogative. It’s an unrestricted free agent, he can basically do what he wants to do. It’s just our point of view and the fact the we talked to him and he did not talk to us before he actually signed with Ginebra. That’s where the disappointment comes in,” he added.
The 11-year league veteran will move on to his 3rd team after spending 5 seasons with TNT and 6 with Meralco.