According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Hector Rondon will not be receiving a contract offer from the Cubs for 2018. A Rule 5 pick from the Indians in 2012, Rondon initially provided the Cubs with a tremendous amount of value. But after earning $5.8 million last season, and with a projected $6.2 million (remember, arb raises are often based more on seniority as performance) salary for 2018, this move doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
The focal point of a FanGraphs article titled “Hector Rondon Is Breaking FIP,” times have changed for the once-dominant Cubs reliever. After aggregating most of the Cubs 9th innings as the unequivocal closer prior to Aroldis Chapman’s acquisition, Rondon has been a shell of his former self over much of the time since.
Late in 2016, the high-leverage reliever was placed on the disabled list with triceps soreness, an injury that would essentially sideline him for the rest of the season. Though he did return for the playoff’s, Rondon’s arm troubles lingered and forced Joe Maddon to refrain from using him during the World Series run.
The injuries particularly neutralized his devastating slider. Once he returned from injury in …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider