Tyler Lowe  12/2/2017

Right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon has not been tendered a contract by the Chicago Cubs, tubs making him eligible to sign with any other MLB club. Rondon was projected to earn $6.2 million through arbitration this offseason. Since Rondon has 77 career saves, his earning potential was higher than other middle relievers in arbitration. The Cubs deemed that price tag to be too high.

Rondon, a Rule 5 draft pick by the Cubs in 2012 from the Cleveland Indians. From 2014-2016, Rondon was a dominant guy in the Cubs ‘pen, racking up those aforementioned 77 saves. Midway through the 2016 season, the Cubs felt they needed an even more elite closer so they went out and acquired Aroldis Chapman. After the season concluded, the Cubs let Chapman walk and decided to get Wade Davis. Rondon handled both of these situations tremendously. He’s a high character guy who should have no trouble catching on with another team in 2018. When I look back and think of Hector Rondon, I’ll never forget the look on his face and the chest pump he gave himself after he struck out Stephen Piscotty on his signature slider to clinch the 2015 NLDS at Wrigley Field.

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