The Cubs declined to offer a 2018 contract to their former closer, making him a free agent.
Tonight is the major league non-tender deadline and at the risk of making some “Tender is the Night” puns, the Cubs non-tendered former closer Hector Rondon. That means that Rondon immediately becomes a free agent.
Rondon was selected by the Cubs from the Indians in the 2012 Rule 5 draft (also his nickname around here) and after spending the entire 2013 season in the Cubs bullpen, Rondon had pitched his way into being the closer for the 2014 and 2015 Cubs. He started out as the closer in the World Series-winning 2016 campaign, but he struggled to hold his job and eventually lost it for good when the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman. He struggled with his control in 2017 and his ERA ballooned up to 4.24. He no longer seemed like a candidate to close for the Cubs except in an emergency situation. Al did a good summary of Rondon’s 2017 season here.
Rondon made $6.2 million in 2017 and was eligible for arbitration. Since players never really make less after arbitration than they did the year before, the …Read the Rest
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