Hector Rondon has made an astronomical decision…
The 29-year-old Venezuelan professional baseball player and World Series champion, a free-agent pitcher, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Houston Astros, the team announced Friday.
Rondon spent his first five seasons with the Chicago Cubs, compiling an 18-13 record with 77 saves, 28 holds and a 3.22 ERA. He went 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA and a career-best 10.83 strikeouts per nine innings last season.
The former closer might be best remembered for his save in Game 4 of the 2015 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rondon finished 2016 with a 2-3 record and a 3.53 ERA in 54 appearances. The Cubs won the 2016 World Series over the Cleveland Indians, ending the Cubs’ 108-year drought. He was non-tendered and became a free agent on December 1, 2017.
The Astros also announced that they had designated outfielder Preston Tucker for assignment to maintain their full 40-man roster.