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In appreciation of Hector Rondon’s years with the Cubs

He was once a lights-out closer.

Hector Rondon‘s gone now, non-tendered Friday and likely headed for another team, perhaps even to resume his former role as closer.

He’ll go down in Cubs history as the most successful Rule 5 draft pick in more than three decades. (Jody Davis, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick in 1980, is probably the best ever.)

Rondon had gone through two elbow surgeries with the Cleveland Indians, who then left him unprotected after the 2012 season. The Cubs snapped him up and, with the team coming off a 101-loss season, had the luxury of keeping him in the bullpen all year in 2013.

Toward the end of that season is when Hector started to show that he might be a solid major-league reliever. In the second half of 2013 he posted a 3.20 ERA and 1.145 WHIP with only one home run allowed in 20 appearances.

You’d think that might have gotten him a shot at the closer role for 2014, but the Cubs went out and signed Jose Veras.

Yes, that was only three seasons ago. Veras was horrific, with no saves, an 8.31 ERA and 1.725 WHIP in 12 games. He …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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